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Ankara lies in the center of Anatolia on the eastern edge of the great, high Anatolian Plateau.It can easily be seen in a two-night stay,220 mi/355 km east-southeast of Istanbul. The region's history goes back to the Bronze-Age Hatti Civilization.The city subsequently fell to the Romans, Byzantines, and Seijuks and then to the Ottomans .It again became an important center when Kemal Ataturk chose it as the base from which to direct the War of Liberation.

The city is a cultural center: three symphony orchestras and five state-operated theaters perform regularly. There's also a fine modern-art museum in the city. Visit the Hisar dominating Ulus Square; nearby are other ancient sites, including the Aladdin Mosque, the Temple of Augustus, the Roman Baths of Caracalla and the Haci Bayram Mosque. Don't skip the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, includes an interesting museum detailing Ataturk's life. Another place to visit is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, with its beautiful bronze and gold objects found in the ruins of Alacahoyuk .

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