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The districts of the Province Ankara are Altindag, Etimesgut, Kecioren, Mamak, Sincan, Yenimahalle, Akyurt, Ayas, Bala, Beypazari, Camlidere, Cubuk, Elmadag, Evren, Golbasi, Gudul, Haymana, Kalecik, Kazan, Kizilcahamam, Nallihan, Polatli and Sereflikochisar.


Akyurt


Akyurt is 33 km away from the city center. The large tumulus at a distance of 1 km to the village of Balıkhisar in the district belongs to Early Bronze Age and later periods, which shows that the settlement in the neighbourhood has very long history.


Altindag


Altindag only 1 km away from Ankara has a history dating back to Seljuks and Ottomans, and to the ancient civilizations. Ankara Fortress, Temple of Augustus, Julianus Column, Roman Bath, Republic Monument, The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, The Ankara Etnography Museum, The War of Independence Museum, and Republic Museum are within the boundaries of Altindag. Also, Karacabey, Ahi Serafettin, Haci Bayram Veli, Karyagdi, Gulbaba and Haci Baba Tombs, and Haci Bayram, Aslanhane, Ahi Elvan, Alaaddin, Zincirli and Kursunlu Mosques are important historical artifacts of the district.


Ayas


Ayas, 58 km away from the capital, is famous for its thermal springs. Karakaya Thermal Spring and Ayas Mineral Springs, 23 km west of the district, are considerable for thermal tourism. The vineyards at Karadere, Ova, Ariklar, and Kirazdibi are the district’s natural resources of importance

In the district of Bala is the forest at Beynam National Park, one of the popular excursion spots in Ankara. This excursion spot covered with pine forests fascinate the visitors with its natural beauty.

Located 99 km away from Ankara, Beypazari’s history traces back to Hitites and Phrygians. Beypazari is famous for historical houses, silver craftsmen and for its carrots. Within the boundaries of the district are spectacular historical buildings such as Bogazkesen Tomb, Suluhan, the Old Baths, the Sultan Alaaddin Mosque, the Aksemseddin Mosque, the Kursunlu Mosque, Rustem Pasha Baths, and the tomb of Gazi Gunduzalp (Hirkatepe), Kara Davut’s Tomb (Kuyumcutekke), the tomb of Karacaahmet. Tekke Highlands, 10 km away from the town, the Egriova Highlands and the lake, 44 km away from the town, the geological structures resembling ‘fairy’ chimneys around the village of Dereli are some important sites of interest in the district.


Camlidere


Camlidere is located 108 km of the city centre. There is a mosque belonging to the Seljuk period in the nearby town of Pecenek. It is possible to come across the remains of graves and settlements tracing back to the Byzantine Era as well.


Cankaya


Cankaya is located 9 km of the city centre. It is one of the most important districts. The Ataturk Orman Ciftligi, Eymir Lake, Elmadag Ski Facilities, Ahlatlibel Sport and Entertainment Centre are some of the famous tourist attractions of the town. Anitkabir, the Ataturk Museum, the Ataturk Memorial (Zafer Aniti-Sihhiye), the MTA Natural History Museum, the Security Memorial, the Ethnographic Ataturk Memorial, the Natural History Museum, the Archeology Museum of Middle East Technical University, the State Painting and Statue Exhibit, Memorial Park, the Botanical Garden, Abdi Ipekci Park, Guven Park, Kurtulus Park, Kugulu (Swan) Park, the National Sovereignty Park, Ahmet Arif Park and sport facilities such as the Municipal Ice Skating rinks and the Indoor Pool at 100. Yil, Toy Museum (Cebeci – Ankara Uinversity Education Faculty), the Hittite Memorial, Atakule are among the popular attractions to spend a pleasant day. The Turkish National Parliament buildings are also in Cankaya.


Cubuk


Cubuk is located 39 km away from Ankara’s city centre. Cubuk is 39 km from Ankara's city centre. The ruined castle at Aktepe and the Carved Rock (Oyulu Kaya) grave in the village of Karadana are remains of Hittite settlement. The forest around Cubuk II. Dam drainage area and Lake Karagol are important recreation spots.


Elmadag


Elmadag is located 41 km from the city. The motifs and styles of the local hand-woven carpets, rugs, and various bags stretching all the way back to the Selcuk era still happens today in the district.


Etimesgut



Etimesgut is 20 km away from Ankara’s city centre. The Gazi Train Station and the Etimesgut Train Station, which was used by Ataturk on his traves from and to Istanbul are among the sites attracting attention with historical architectural characteristics. Ahi Mes’ud, who named Etimesgut, was one of the great people in the Turkish history like Ahi Elvan. Ahi Elvan’s tomb is found in the courtyard of the Elvankoy mosque.

The district of Evren is 178 km from the city centre. The remains of tumulus, church and castle found in the area show that there was a settlement in this district during the periods before Islam. Ceramic artifacts dating back to the first millenium have been come across at a tumulus, 2 km away from Evren. Sigircik Castle, 2km southwest of Catalpinar village, belongs to the late Byzantine and Ottoman period.


Golbasi



Golbasi, 20 km away from Ankara, is the area of recreation, summer getaway, tourism and industry for Ankara. Mogan and Eymir Lakes with their natural beauty, clean and fresh air, and fishing, make the district appealing to tourists. Within the borders of the district, there are stalactites, stalagmites and columns worth seeing in the cave of Tulumtas in the locale of Karayatak Hill among the villages of Incek, Hacilar and Tulumtas.


Haymana


Haymana is located 73 km from Ankara. Haymana Thermal Springs are world famous. The history of the thermal springs in the district traces back to Hittites. Thermal spring facilities was restored again during the Roman era after Hittites. And also, a town, whose ruins can still be seen, was founded 1.5 km east of the thermal spring and eventually became a therapy centre.


Kalecik


Kalecik, 71 km away from Ankara, is believed to have first been inhabited in the early Chalcolitic Period between 3500-4000 BC. Among the notable historic sites in the district are the Hasbey, Saray and Tabakhane Mosques, the Tombs of Kazancibaba and Alisoglu, and the Develioglu Bridge spanning Kizilirmak and Kalecik Castle.


Kazan


Kazan is 45 km away from the city centre. A number of historical artifacts have been found during the excavations done in the area, which demonstrates that a number of different civilizations inhabited in the district and its villages during the history.

The district of Kecioren, 3 km away from Ankara, is one of the central districts of Ankara. The Old Ankara Agricultural School, used by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as a military headquarters during the War of Independence is among the museums to be visited.

Located 83 km away from Ankara, Kizilcahamam is the most heavily forested town in Ankara. The Sey Hamami thermal springs, 16km from Kizilcahamam, have rich mineral waters which are among the most important thermal springs in the country.

In the district of Mamak, 7 km away from the city centre, there is the Conservatoire Building and 76. Yil Republic Amphitheatre at which cultural activities in the district are organized. Within the district, there are also considerable recreation spots of Ankara mainly such as Hatip Brook and Bayindir Dam.


Nallihan


Nallihan is located 161 away from Ankara. The county seat, Nallihan, 161 km from Ankara, was established in 1599 when Vizier Nasuhpasa had a han built there. Together with this han whose roof is in poor repair today, the mosque and a Turkish bath were built. The Uluhan mosque in Uluhan (Kostebek) village constructed in the 17th century, is a spectacular historical structure.


Polatli


Polatli is 78 km away from the city centre. The village of Yassihoyuk and the surrounding area shed light on the history of the district. There are 86 tumuluses, the royal burial sites, historical remains in the surrounding area, and the remains of tumulus and artifacts from the city.

Sereflikochisar is 148 km from Ankara. The Salt Lake, which is the second largest lake in Turkey is also in this district. The Salt Lake, the Kursunlu Mosque, Kochisar Castle, and Parlasan Castle are all among popular historical and touristic destinations in the district. There is fishing in Hirfanli Dam and lake.


Yenimahalle


Yenimahalle is 5 km away from the city centre. The Akkopru Bridge, built in 1222 by the Selcuk ruler Ala'addin Keykubat along the old Bagdat Commercial road over Ankara Creek is worth seeing. The bridge still of historical importance has four large and three small arches.