Central Anatolia

At an altitude of 1 000m, Central Anatolia is characterised by its steppe of endless horizons and its barren, ochre soil which has a hypnotising effect but is of little use for agriculture. These landscapes are imprinted on the collective memory of the Turkish people. The Seljuks, nomadic Turkish-speaking tribes originally from central Asia, fought decisive battles here against the Byzantines. Konya was their first conquest, and the present Turkish capital, Ankara, also stands in these unique undulating landscapes, which are dotted with turquoise lakes and soaked in history.

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Kocatepe Mosque
Kocatepe Mosque
Kocatepe Mosque is the largest in the
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Samanpazari
Samanpazari
As you come into Samanpazari, you enter
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Aslanhane Mosque
Aslanhane Mosque
The oldest mosque in Ankara, dating from
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Ethnography Museum, Ankara
Ethnography Museum, Ankara
Dedicated to Anatolian traditions, the
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Atatürk Mausoleum
Atatürk Mausoleum
Turks in general, and the inhabitants of
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Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara
Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara
Considered by enthusiasts to be one of
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