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The history of Ankara equals to the history of Altindag since it is the place while speaking of the first settlement started in paleolithic period and the sovereignty of Hittites, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuks, Ottoman and even young Republic. Thus, the district is the most significant place to see in the capital in terms of historical richness. Altindag, the neighbor of Cubuk and Pursaklar in the north, Yeniören and Kecimahalle in the west, Cantaya in the south-west, Mamak in the south and Akyurt and Elmadag in the east, has a population of about 400 thousand. The center district of Ankara province, Altindag protects its metropolis district status gained in 1953. There exist many caravanserais, covered bazaars, Turkish baths, castles and first Grand National Assembly of Turkey building in the district one third of which is formed by the mountainous terrain.
Ankara Castle is the first place to see in Altindag. In addition, the first building of Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ulus is another famous structure of the district apart from the castle which is supposed to have a history of at least two thousand years. The building serves as Independence War Museum today. Moreover, Ankara Victory Arch in Ulus is another structure for the independence struggle of Turkey. Ancient Roman Theatre remaining from pre-Ottoman period, Roman Road of Ankara comprising the works from Phrygians, Romans and Seljuks periods, St. Clement Church remaining from Byzantine period are the other spots that will draw the attraction of history lovers. Ahi Yakup, Alaeddin, Ahi Elvan and Karacabey are the famous mosques of the district.
Altındag shelters many important museums apart from the first Assembly Building providing service as Independence War Museum. You must visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum exhibiting the works revealed by the archeological excavations, Republican Museum and Ankara Ethnography Museum bearing the traces of the lives of Turkish people living in the region since Seljuks period. Moreover, interesting museums such as State Painting and Sculpture Museum, Turkish Aeronautical Association, Ziraat Bank Museum and Ulucanlar Prison Museum can be visited in Altindag. Do not forget to visit Karcabey Turkish Bath and Sengul Turkish Bath remaining from 15th century besides two-thousand-year-old Roman Bath after your visit in museums.
Altindag is located 15 km away to Ankara Esenboga Airport. You’ll spend most of the time in Ulus district and its vicinity as they are the most dynamic and touristic spots of the city. You can get off in Ulus stope after reaching M1 coded metro line. Altindag is one of the leading districts which offers the highest accommodation options in Ankara. You can possibly stay in the properties used as a mansion in the past and also only bed, bed & breakfast options in classical city type properties.
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