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Ankara Turkey

Ankara - Turkey Ankara is second in size to Istanbul which is the largest city in Turkey. Ankara also serves as the capital of Ankara Province. Ankara has gone by several names over the ages: The Hittites gave it the name Ankuwash before 1200 BC. The Galatians and Romans called it Ancyra. In the classical, Hellenistic, and Byzantine periods it was known as Ἄγκυρα or Ánkyra which means anchor in Greek. The city was also known in the European languages as Angora after its conquest by the Seljuk Turks in 1073, and continued to be called with this name around the world until it was officially renamed Ankara with Ataturks Turkish Postal Service Law of 1930. The city was known for its long-haired Angora goat with its prized wool - mohair, a unique breed of cat - the Angora cat, white rabbits and their prized wool - Angora wool, and Ankara pears, honey, and the region's muscat grapes. Ankara has a continental climate with cold and snowy winters due to its elevation and inland location. Hot and dry summers with rainfall occuring mostly during the spring and autumn. Because of Ankara's high altitude and its dry summers, nightly temperatures in the summer months are cool. Ankara's annual average precipitation is fairly low at 415 millimeters or 16.34 inches, however precipitation can be observed throughout the year. Tourists visiting Ankara like to visit the old shops in Çıkrıkçılar Yokuşu - Weavers' Road near Ulus. Everything from traditional fabrics, hand-woven carpets and leather products can be purchased from these shops for good prices if you bargain with the shop owners.

The main airport is Ankara Esenboğa Airport which is located in the north-east of the city. The Ankara Intercity Bus Terminal - Ankara Şehirlerarası Terminal İşletmesi is an important part of the bus network which covers every neighbourhood in Ankara. The Ankara Central Station is a major rail transportation hub in Turkey. It operates passenger train service from Ankara to other major cities, such as: İstanbul, Eskişehir, Balıkesir, Kütahya, İzmir, Kayseri, Adana, Kars, Malatya, Diyarbakır, Karabük, Zonguldak and Sivas. Commuter rail also services the station to Sincan and Kayaş. In 2009, the new Yüksek Hızlı Tren high-speed rail service also began to operate between Ankara and Eskişehir. There is the Ankara Metro and other forms of public transportation such as taxi and minibus (Dolmaş) service throughtout the city. Ankara is currently served by suburban rail and two subway lines with over 300,000 daily commuters with three additional subway lines under construction.


Region: Central
Province: Ankara Province
Beach: No
Marina: No
Hotels: Yes
Video: Yes
Airport: Ankara Esenboğa Airport
English language website: ankara-information.com
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