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.