Ankara, Turkey’s capital, is an ancient city. The Biblical Hittites were the first to name it at some point before 1000 BC and the city had been inhabited and controlled by Persians and Romans before it passed to the Byzantine Empire. Ruins of the Roman Ancyra, an important administrative and market town, are still visible; the most notable of these ruins is the Temple of Augustus. Today, Ankara is a busy modern metropolis of over four million, but the connection to its past remains visible through the ruined old castle that looks out over the city from a central hill.
PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013