Ulus: A Village in the Middle of Ankara

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
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Trip End Jun 01, 2012


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Flag of Turkey  , Ankara,
Saturday, June 5, 2010

Ankara is an ancient city that has been ruled by numerous empires, including the Hittites, Phrygians, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman... to show our good friends the remaining shreds of these civilizations we took them to the oldest part of the city, Ulus.   Entering Ulus is like entering into a village located in the middle of the city.  The narrow windy streets that twist around the remaining buildings within the castle area are filled with various old mosques, remnants of Roman temples, Ottoman konaks (mansions) and various stores selling everything from sheep skins to Turkish carpets.  

Our afternoon was taking in the excellent Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, housed in a 15th century Ottoman Han.   The collection highlights a Sultan's pickings of a full range of Anatolian history, starting with displays of Paleolithic artifacts to the most "recently" old Ottoman findings. Before entering Carsten and Aidan whispered to me that they had been here on 2 school trips as well as the 1st time when we moved to Ankara and the other times we brought other friends... begging me to not stay long.   After spending a few minutes inside they headed outside to see the Kongal dogs, watch a local dance troupe perform traditional Black Sea dances and wait, wait and wait for Linda and I to emerge from the domed halls of the museum.   I loved watching Linda comb through the various displays... her passions for ancient art is unmatched.  After a short spell Deb and Ray headed outside to wait with the kids... close to 2 hours after entering, Linda and I emerged... and we all headed out to explore the surrounding area. 

Deb and Linda took off to do some shopping while Ray and I took the kids to our favorite Gozleme restaurant located in the courtyard of one of the old Ottoman mansions. Afterward munching down our food, we took in a few old Mosques, walked the market streets and met up Deb and Linda... heading back down the hill to our trusty van, Wilamena.

  A quick drive later and we were heading back up to our hill on the edge of the city...

    

   
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