Ankara, the capital of Turkey is home to several impressive buildings, important landmarks and archeological remains is an important commercial and industrial city. The museums and galleries dotted around the city display some of the best artifacts discovered from around the country. Anitkabir Museum is one of the most important landmarks in Ankara housing the mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk who founded Turkey.
Ankara is a very old city with various Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites. The hill which overlooks the city is crowned by the ruins of the old castle, which adds to the picturesqueness of the view, but only a few historic structures surrounding the old citadel have survived to the present day. Ankara has a continental climate, with cold, snowy winters due to its elevation and inland location, and hot, dry summers.It has many parks and open spaces mainly established in the early years of the Republic and well maintained and expanded thereafter.
Atakule Tower, the highest structure of the city is a major tourist attraction. The shopping mall located under the tower is one of the best places to buy some souvenirs and Turkish carpets. Foreign visitors to Ankara usually like to visit the old shops in Yokuşu (Weavers' Road) near Ulus, where myriad things ranging from traditional fabrics, hand-woven carpets and leather products can be found at bargain prices.Hisar, a Byzantine Citadel and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations are included in the list of top places to visit in Ankara. The city is also dotted with several archeological remains such as Roman Theatre, Roman Baths and Temple of Augustus.