Towering above the Turkish capital since ancient times, Ankara Castle stands as a symbol of the country's long and rich history. Today it is one of the city's most visited attractions and something you definitely do not want to miss out on, whether it's your first visit to Ankara or you're returning. Known to the locals as Ankara Kalesi, literally meaning Ankara Citadel, it stands on the hill rising towards the skies of the Ulus district. The castle is unique due to the myriad of life still found within its fabled walls.
Stepping into historyIt is unknown when the foundations for the citadel were laid down but it is believed to have been constructed by the Galatians. The Romans later completed Ankara Castle before the Byzantines and Selcuk expanded it to the size it is today. The Alaaddin Mosque found inside its walls is one of the best examples of Selcuk art and wood craftsmanship found today, despite the fact it was restored by the Ottomans. Many people call Ankara Castle their home and today they still live as they would in a traditional Turkish village. If you take a closer look at the stones used to build the houses you can see different inscriptions left from the Romans.
Bustling with lifeIn addition to its many residents, the Ankara Castle grounds are also home to several restaurants serving up tasty Turkish cuisine alongside art galleries and souvenir shops. Here you can find an array of stalls selling traditional handicrafts, spices, dried fruit, sweets and delicious local food. When you're visiting you won't be short on things to do and see in the area so don't leave your camera at home.
Ankara Castle awaits only a short drive away from Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara where you can take advantage of the spacious and elegant rooms. You'll also find an on-site fitness center, business center, free high-speed Internet access and helpful concierge services to ensure your stay is a great one. The hotel restaurant and café bar also offer a great way to unwind after a day exploring Ankara Castle or the nearby Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.