Life in Ankara

As the capital city and as the second largest city in the country with the population of 4 million, Ankara is an ideal environment with its cultural and historical richness as well as social opportunities for those who will conduct a scientific research. In Ankara, which has 13 universities, there are different opportunities for students to improve themselves. Museums such as Atatürk Mausoleum (Anıtkabir), Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ethnographical Museum, State Museum of Painting and Sculpture, The First Grand National Assembly and at the same time historical places such as Ankara Castle, Roman Bath, the Column of Julien, Agustus Temple, Saraç Sinan, Aslanhane, Ahi Elvan, Hacı Bayram, Karacabey New Mosque (Cenabi Ahmet Paşa) are all places that come to mind.

Gordion, Çatalhöyük and Beypazarı, which are important milestones of the Anatolian history and culture, are centres that can be visited on a daily basis. In and around the historical Ankara Castle, the city’s original urban plan can be seen. In mansions and inns that be restaurants, it is possible to taste delicious meals of Turkish Cuisine and to drink Turkish coffee.

Wonders of nature such as Abant, Yedigöller, and Ilgaz are very close to Ankara. Elmadağ House of Ski is only a few kilometres away from Ankara. Ayaş and Haymana Spa, which cure many diseases, can be used daily.

One can have picnic near the lakes of the Dams of Çubuk, Hirfanlı and Kurtboğazı and near Eymir Lake and go camping in the Bayındır Camping Centre.

Many cinemas, theaters, painting and art galleries are in the service of art lovers in Ankara. In addition to these, it is possible to watch the ballet and opera shown by “State Opera &Ballet”, listen to concerts of the Classical Turkish Music Choir and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and watch the performance of the State Folk Dance Ensemble.

Bayındır Dam Camping

Kayaş / Ankara

Tel : 0 (312) 372 27 31

Provincial Cultural Directorate

Tel : 0 (312) 310 68 18

Fax : 0 (312) 310 03 42

Ankara AKM (Atatürk Cultural Centre)

A hall with 250 seats for small performances, and conferences

3.500 m² Exhibition Hall

Specialized Library

2 Art Workshops


Presidential Symphony Orchestra

Address : Talat Pasha Bulvarı No: 38 Ankara

Tel : 0 (0 312) 309 13 43 (4 lines)

Fax : 0 (0 312) 311 75 48

Ankara State Turkish Folk Music Choir

Address: Atatürk Cultural Centre

Hipodrom – Ankara

Choir Tel: 0 (0 312) 342 47 90 /91

Ankara State Polyphonic Music Choir

Address: Atatürk Cultural Center

Hipodrom – Ankara

Tel : 0 (312) 341 27 45 /46

Ankara State Classical Turkish Music Choir

Address: Atatürk Cultural Centre

Hipodrom – Ankara

Choir Tel: 0 (312) 342 37 98

State Folk Dance Ensemble

Address: Atatürk Cultural Centre

Hipodrom – Ankara

Tel : 0 (312) 341 19 26 – 341 07 75

State Fine Arts Gallery

Necatibey Cad. No:55 – ANKARA

Tel : 0 (312) 232 19 45

State Art and Sculpture Museum


Tel : 0 (312) 311 82 64

Fax : 0 (312) 311 82 64


Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Address: Hisar Cad. Ulus – Ankara

Tel : 0 (312) 324 31 60

Fax : 0 (312) 311 28 39

Ethnography Museum

Address: TalatPasha Bulvarı Opera – Ankara

Tel : 0 (312) 311 95 56

War of Independence and Republic Museum

Address: Cumhuriyet Cad. Ulus – Ankara

Tel : 0 (312) 311 04 73Gordion Museum

Historical Sites and Ruins

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Gordion – Polatlı/Yassıhöyük

Roman Bath – Ankara/Centre

Gavurkale Ruins – Ankara/Haymana

Karalar Village Ruins- Ankara/Kazan

Karahöyük Ruins – Hacıtuğrul Village

Ethnography Museum

Temple of Augustus – Ankara/Altındağ

Beypazarı Culture and History Museum Hacıbayram Mausoleum – Ankara/Altındağ

Mehmet Akif Ersoy House

For more Information, Please visit the web page: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism