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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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  • I spent my childhood here. In recent years, not only was the wedding. It's not as big as the new AVM s a disposal whether a different concept Child shopping center or SHOPPING MALL could be evaluated by making. Ankara has not lost one of the great and ancient icon.
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  • For the first time upon arrival in Ankara surprised me was the fact that many residents of the city were raised there. They only make purchases at the Mall, which is located on the ground floor of this building. After repeated visits to this city, realized that due to its location in the heart of the city, wherever you went, you pass all the time next to the observation deck. And because interest ankarcev to her is not great. But I as a tourist decided to still climb on it (the larger effort is required-there are high-speed elevator) and not regretted. Firstly, you are climbing to a height of 125 meters, from where the panorama of the city on all 360 degrees. Secondly, there is also a good twisted panoramic restaurant, where you can grab a snack or a coffee. Thirdly, in Ankara, interesting sights and so little, do not visit this place it is a sin.
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  • 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 »