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ANKARA: ÇANKAYA

Çankaya is the posh part of Ankara, the place where diplomats and foreign businessmen tend to live. It is also home to the Çankaya Köşkü which is home to the Turkish President which means that "Çankaya" is sometimes used as shorthand for statements coming from the President. 

For tourists Çankaya doesn't have a great deal to offer, the most obvious attraction being the Atakule, the 125m-high tower with a revolving restaurant at the top that is a city landmark. It's the perfect place to come on a clear day to get a bird's-eye view of the crowded city. It was built between 1987 and 1989 by the Turkish architect, Ragıp Buluç.

In the dip immediately in front of the tower you'll also find Ankara's small Botanic Garden, a pleasant refuge on hot days.

In the grounds of the Çankaya Köşkü, the Müze Köskü is the home, converted from what had been a vineyard house belonging to an Armenian family, where Atatürk lived when he was in Ankara after the architect Vedat Tek had made some adaptations to it in the 1920s.

The Çankaya Köskü (Pembe Köskü) itself was designed by the Austrian architect Clemens Holzmeister between 1930 and 1932, and became the new home for Atatürk until his death in 1938. At the same time the Turkish architect Seyfi Arkan designed the Çamlı Köşkü (Glass Pavilion) for Atatürk's sister Makbule. It is now a guesthouse for visiting heads of state. 

Sleeping

Ankara Swissotel

Transport info

Many buses run along Atatürk Bulvarı from Heykel in Ulus to Çankaya, passing through Opera and Kavaklıdere. Most require you to buy a ticket ahead of time. 

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