Ankara Castle (Turkish: Ankara Kalesi) is an historic fortification in the city of Ankara, Turkey, constructed in or after the 7th century. The earliest fortification on the site was constructed in the 8th century BC by the Phrygians and rebuilt in 278 BC by the Galatians. The castle was rebuilt or renovated under the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman empires.
The castle is composed of an inner line of walls with closely spaced towers that encloses an area of about 350m by 150m, and an outer line of walls with towers some 40m apart. Both sets of walls were constructed using large quantities of reused masonry. The exact dates of their construction are uncertain, but both postdate the capture and destruction of Ankara by the Persians in, probably, 622 AD (Foss considers that the inner walls may date from the reign of Constans II; the outer walls are generally believed to have been erected slightly later).
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Ala Janbek | Feb 2, 2018
There is more than one way to reach the castle. One is by the street with three museums, second is from the other side a steep street leading to lots of stairs, and thirdly through narrow winding streets with lots of small shops. The third was my favorite though I think going through the stairs is a pretty nice experience, too. Don't miss the stairs leading to the top once you reach the castle. There is nothing really at the top, but an amazing view of Ankara. Visit the three museums before leaving and buy some handmade things and accessories. One of the best things to do in Ankara.
tariq shahrouri | Dec 21, 2017
Spectacular view from the top! The way up is breathtaking. The trees and the small forest planted there around the huge stairs add to the experience. Locals surround you as you go up and try to sell you local handmade goods. Chairs and supermarkets are abundant so you can rest on your way up. But be cautious as the castle has no fence when you go to the highest point and the wind can be strong.
Rajeev Mylapalli | Nov 25, 2017
Decent castle. The city view from here is fabulous. Been here during sunrise and sunset. Really beautiful view. There are many stores around if you want to purchase anything. I strongly recommend to go around in the alleys near by. You see some really nice wood craftsmen and some shops where people work on beautiful carpets. Also you can taste authentic Turkish Food and coffee.
ibrahim ozgur bektas | Feb 15, 2018
One of the most popular attractive places in Ankara. If you are a tourist in Ankara, you should visit the castle and the small cafes around it.
Egecan Alan Fay | Nov 15, 2017
The Ankara Castle is a well maintained castle. The walk up to the Castle from Altindag is pleasant with many shops, cafes, and restaurants along the way. The most spectacular part of the castle is its Panoramic view of Ankara.
Mehmet Fehmi Eken | Apr 2, 2018
You can park our car outside the gate and then walk to inside. There is no entry fee for the castle. When you look down you can get a spectacular panoramic views of the city. You can also find a lot of souvenir shops and street vendors around.
Rizka Pratiwi | Mar 9, 2018
One of my favoritr place during my visit to ankara. Its not only the castle but also the surrrounding too. Lots of interesting place around it
Drew Goh | Apr 10, 2018
It's a castle. Nothing much about it, most of the shops were closed when we got here, so, only a few tourist serving places. The view at the top was great though, you can see panoramic views of Ankara. Ran into a few friendly locals here who fed us, and chatted with us, mostly in broken English and we used hand signs to reply to them sometimes. They even bought us gifts when we left. Overall, a good place at the top to relax and soak in the views. Maybe we just went on a wrong day. But on the plus side, almost no other tourists at all! Ha
Bayan Sannah | Apr 7, 2018
It's a nice place to go with a group of friends and take pictures in its streets and In front of the nice views of Ankara city from the top of the castle. You can go up in the morning or late at the evening to watch the sun rise or sunset. It will be amazing!
Soheil Jafari | Apr 29, 2018
Very interesting and eye-catching place. A must see in Ankara. Replete with lovely small traditional shops, cafés, restaurants, etc. It is not really a castle like Edinburgh or Lisbon castle but I do believe that it is still worths seeing and spending around 2 hours to browse the shops and an extra 2 hours for cafe/ restaurant.
Ann H | May 17, 2018
A nearly 30 minute-walk from the base of the hill (at normal pace), lo and behold the ever so alive memento from the glorious days of the Seljuk, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. If you begin your climb westward, you’ll pass the ruins of the Roman Bath. The main entrance to the castle is to the east, and right before it are the Koc Museum and narrow streets of antique and souvenir shops. During the steep climb, you’ll also pass by numerous run-down houses which are in huge contrast to modernity right before your eyes when you reach the topmost part of the castle. As you stand on the battlements, enjoy photographing the city at a 360 angle.
Andor Miles-Board | Jun 2, 2018
Great views across Ankara, an energetic walk through the leafy gardens is well with the effort and dramatic to hear the call to prayer echoing around the reconstructed battlements. The newly renovated area below offers some hidden gems to eat after your visit, followed by a walk through the bustling street markets as you descend.
Sofija Stojanovska | Jul 11, 2018
One of the rare tourist attractions in Ankara, but if you want to find something authentic and oriental for the region this is definitely the place to visit. And the view is amazing, you can see whole Ankara from up here.
Busra Cal | Aug 2, 2018
Great place to view the city of Ankara from very high up! Worth a visit, lots of small bazaars and stalls along the way and live music played by buskers inside the castle too. Great views. Just watch the climb not pram friendly and no safety barriers. Would not recommend for families with children.
Eki E | Aug 15, 2018
you should go to Ankara Castle early in the morning as it is a norm with all the touristic attractions. there isn't much to see but the city. there are two hidden rooms around the main castle area try to find them, they are not really hidden but i haven't seen people being in them. the women who are selling necklaces, rosary and such are selling for really cheap. and it is good for them, so buy.
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