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Atakule, Ankara

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Atakule is a 125 m high communications and observation tower located in the Çankaya district of central Ankara, Turkey, and is one of the primary landmarks of the city. As the district of Çankaya is itself on a hill, the tower can be spotted from almost anywhere in the city during clear days. The tower's design came from architect Ragıp Buluç and the construction works lasted from 1987 to 1989. The top section of the tower houses an open terrace and a revolving restaurant named Sevilla, which makes a full 360 degree rotation in one hour. On top of Sevilla is another restaurant, Dome, which is non-revolving and located directly under the cupola. Under the terrace is a café, named UFO. The bottom structures house a shopping mall and several indoor and outdoor restaurants. The tower was opened on 13 October 1989 by President Turgut Özal. Due to the ongoing rebuilding of the shopping mall, the tower is now closed to visitors.In Turkish, the word ata means "ancestor", which is often used as a nickname for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey; while the Turkish word kule means "tower".
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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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  • You can see this building from every angle of the city which has a restaurant at the top which rotates slowly where you can see different views of the city while dining and at the entrance you can fin...  more »
  • Atakule has been the icon of Ankara in 90s, yet it is more abandoned and empty nowadays.. most of the shops have been closed and after so many malls are opened all over Ankara, it lost its lure. There...  more »
  • must see towers of the city to have a 360 degree of the city. Unfortunately it is under renovation and I look forward to see the tower under operation and looks for all tourists coming to Ankara to vi...  more »