Citadel n rooF Tops….
Climbing up to the citadel through the winding lanes of the city… gives a good opportunity to see the local culture… interact with some of the kids who tend to follow you… it a long confusing walk but children were happy to help…
The best 360 view of all of Ankara! Recently the path is installed with new steps where there used to be a loose gravel steep uphill hike like when i had been up there a few years back. However, this trip still involves a good amount of walking and hiking uphill. There are usually ppl in the castle or on the path to it, selling trinkets and curios. Once in awhile there is a small band playing traditional music and/or dancing. you need to be careful and the parapets to get view of the city below has no railings, please be careful, but worth the trip, at least once. I went by foot n its a long way to the top but the views of all Ankara are worth it.
the Ankara citadel/Kalesi is a stunning symbol of the town rising on a hill of 978m high… built during the Hittites era as a garrison however rumors say Ankara King Midas had it built, the exact date of construction is unknow. it has seen several civilizations romans, byzantines, seljuq turks, crusaders, ottoman empire…. through the history n time undergoing many repairs and restorations. its said that during Galatians period the castle went through major face lift n was enlarged and city walls were added which brought it to a position completely overlooking the town. The inner castle covers around 43 km2
The walk up towards the castle on rough cobblestone streets will come across the Zengerpaşa and Boyacızade mansions, the owners of these mansions have them restored and converted to restaurants…
This area being one of the oldest residential areas of the town is called Eski Ankara (Old Ankara). The houses are mostly wooden and mud brick. Although there are still some families living on those houses most of them have been converted to restaurants and gift stores. Antique dealers, carpet sellers, and masters of traditional Turkish handicrafts continue their work here. I had a fabulous time getting bargains and shopping little nothings for my friends….
The stands near the entrance exhibiting various herbs, spice and kuruyemiş (dried fruits) will fascinate you and strongly suggest you to taste some. finally winding our way back down through the shops and markets as there are some bargains to be had….. n reflecting back on the panoramic view of the entire city below…..