Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the second largest city after Istanbul. Literally and figuratively, it is at the heart of Turkey and Central Anatolia, the surrounding region. Ankara is a modern, sprawling city that can appear at first glance like a drab concrete jungle - most non-local Turks regard Ankara as a depressed, gray city that has nothing to offer other than the boring world of Politics.
Therefore, many tourists tend to use it simply as a transit point to get to places like Konya or Cappadocia. However, Ankara has a lot to offer those willing to look a little further - as the proud capital of the Republic of Turkey, it is easy to trace the stages of the early Republican years here, whether in the form of buildings. of the first national movement of architecture or monuments of the 1940s following the totalitarian aesthetic of the time.
Local museums are full of hundreds of the country's best works of art, ancient and modern. And since it was built on the mostly arid central Anatolian steppes, Ankara has vigorously embarked on a policy of tree planting, which has resulted in the creation of numerous parks and forests around the city, which add charm to the city. capital city. Ankara seems to be a mandatory stopover for people who would like to discover Turkey inside and out and understand the origin of the republic and the country