Ankara – Out & About

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Wednesday 12 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Ankara, our capital city. It’s pretty much a purpose built, home grown affair; having started out as a small provincial town that Atatürk chose to be the capital of the then newly formed Republic of Turkey back in 1923. From what I gather, it was done for the purposes of security, compared to Istanbul, which had been invaded many times over the centuries.

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CITY VIEW FROM ELIMESGUT

CITY VIEW FROM ELIMESGUT

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From a town of 50,000, it is now Turkey’s second largest city, after Istanbul; a metropolis of some 4.5 million, and the seat of Turkish administration (government buildings everywhere you look). You also have the full array of embassies and consulates, giving parts of the city a quite cosmopolitan feel. The rest of the city, it would seem, comprises shopping malls, traffic, military establishments, traffic, endless apartment blocks and more traffic. There are a number of parks too, and there is quite a variety of restaurants and cultural attractions; but not on the scale of Istanbul. No, Ankara is an administrative, commercial and transportation hub in many ways.

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DOWNTOWN IN A DOLMUŞ (CITY MINIBUS)

DOWNTOWN IN A DOLMUŞ (CITY MINIBUS)

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Situated on the Anatolian Plateau, Ankara is some 938 metres (3,077’) up, so winters can be cold – not touting Alaskan numbers, but -15C (5F) is not unheard of, even in daytime (lowest ever was -32.9C or -27.2F). Summers are warm (or mild compared to the south west where we farm), around low 30’s (highest ever was 41C or 106F), but with the ever present fumes of a city full of traffic, summer can feel oppressive here.

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CITY VIEW FROM ANITKABIR

CITY VIEW FROM ANITKABIR

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These are a few shots I took on our state visit to the outlaws this past month. Rather than concentrate on the usual sites a tourist might visit, these are just snaps taken when we were ‘out and about’.

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CITY VIEW FROM DIKMEN

CITY VIEW FROM DIKMEN

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MUNICIPAL WORKERS TRUCK

MUNICIPAL WORKERS TRUCK

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7 thoughts on “Ankara – Out & About

  1. […] city views are your thing, check out the earlier post Ankara – Out &  About (Part […]

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  2. Do you know if they have an opera house in Ankara or Istanbul?

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  3. fredrieka says:

    to much traffic.. nope can not stand traffic. we live out in the middle of no where not to far from some where and we do not have traffic.. Hope you have a nice visit

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  4. ballerina95 says:

    So for a tourist, Istanbul would have more interesting sights?

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