Ankara is the capital city of the country of Turkey. It is in the center of Anatolia. Ankara is the second largest city after Istanbul. The city has a population of 4,319,167 (2005) (Province 5,153,000), and an elevation of 938 meters (3080 feet). It was formerly known as Engürü the city is also the capital of Ankara Province
Heart of Turkey
|• Mayor||Mansur Yavaş (CHP)|
|• Governor||Vasip Şahin|
|• Total||24,521 km2 (9,468 sq mi)|
|Elevation||938 m (3,077 ft)|
|• Density||230/km2 (600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (TRT)|
|GDP PPP||US$ 105 billion|
|GDP PPP per capita||US$ 21,000|
|HDI (2018)||0.855 – very high|
Ankara is a very modern city. Ankara was made the capital of Turkey in 1923. Ankara is known for its performing arts, home to the State Opera and Ballet, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and several national theater companies. In Ankara there’s a place called Anitkabir, which is a big hilltop mausoleum that was built to celebrate Kemal Atatürk who was the first president.
Ankara is a city that has a lot of history. Ankara was invaded many times. In 546 BCE, Achaemenid Persians was in control of Ankara (approximated date). Ankara was then invaded by the Romans in 25 BCE. At the time, Ankara was controlled by Augustus. Ankara castle was captured by the Crusaders in 1101. Ankara castle was captured again by the Seljuqs in 1227. Ankara was controlled again by the Ottomans in 1403. In October 13, 1923 Ankara became the capital of Turkey.
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