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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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  • August 16, 2017
    Tower left the shopping mall was demolished and now replaced by a new shopping mall. The Botanical Garden and can be seen from the Tower of the Ankara store
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  • August 1, 2017
    The tower itself locates in the center of all kind of locations. You can take a breath in your time outs crossing the city over during in the day time, also you can go to top of the tower to see most ...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    I used to be very popular is made new eizan çarçı destroyed part of the terrace was perfect and I think back now, next to the Botanical Garden was returning pretty well, at least there's a nice park with
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