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Ankara Citadel (Hisar), Ankara

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Ruin Historic Site
Sitting on top of a hill above the city, Ankara Citadel (Hisar) dominates the scenery with its 14-16 m (46-53 ft) high Byzantine walls. Dating back some 3,000 years, the complex still swarms with activity today and boasts ruins and centuries-old monuments. Here you can see mosques from the 12th century and ancient marble sarcophagi on one side of the road, and order a meal on the other. See homes of the locals that preserve the classical architectural style. Not only are the buildings authentic, but the lifestyle here hasn't changed much; domestic animals walk around backyards and people still beat skeins of wool on the roads. Arrange your visit to Ankara Citadel (Hisar) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ankara using our Ankara vacation builder.
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  • It's nice place but needs some improvement and cleaning because some areas are dirty but despite you can enjoy the sights and you can see large area of the old city  more »
  • We either drive here, or take a cab. There is an open parking place. There are lots of shops selling traditional goods (carpets, jewellery, kitchen stuff etc.) and antiques. You can buy many exotic gi...  more »
  • Lots of steps to reach the top and walking through a very dilapidated village along the route. Apart from the views, there is nothing else to engage the visitors - absolutely no information, leaflets ...  more »

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Where to stay in Ankara

Among the Roman ruins and citadels of the city of Ankara sits a collection of glitzy, upscale chain hotels. This cosmopolitan city may not be the best choice for the budget-conscious, so if shelling out a lot of money isn't your prerogative, look a little north of the city core to the independent hotels which are a bit more moderately priced. Alternatively, opt for an authentic, family-run Ottoman inn or boutique hotel. You'll find only one hostel here, which tends to fill up quickly.
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