The Dedeman Ankara’s location on Akay Caddesi, one of the city’s major boulevards, places our guests at the center of the capital's political, commercial, academic and cultural life. The Ankara airport is just 31 kilometers (19 miles) away from the hotel, while the city's bus terminal is only 8 kilometers (5 miles) away. In addition to being a transportation, political and commercial hub, Ankara is a city rich in history and all major cultural and historic sites are only a few minutes' cab ride from the hotel. Ankara’s rich history dates back to the Bronze Age, when the first Hatti settlements were established here. In its more than 3,000-year history, Ankara, also known for a time as Angora, has been home to some of the world’s most important civilizations, including the Hittites, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Interestingly, it was also a Celtic capital, home to one of the Galatian Celt’s most important tribes.
Today’s modern-day Turkish capital is the product of the matchless vision of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, whose monumental tomb, the Anitkabir, is one of Ankara’s chief landmarks. His city is now the bustling capital of one of the world’s most exciting emerging markets, and the Dedeman Ankara's prime location makes it the perfect place not only to explore the city but also to do business and build ties in this rapidly growing economy. When it comes to entertainment, the Dedeman Ankara is itself a destination for locals who enjoy good food and music, while the hotel's immediate area is full of exciting dining and entertainment options. Simply put, whether you want to host a meeting, organize an international conference, do business at an international corporate headquarter or government ministry, or visit Roman baths and Ataturk's Mausoleum, there is no better place to stay than the Dedeman Ankara.
Anitkabir is the mausoleum of the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. An international competition was held by the Turkish government for the design. From among 48 entries from multiple countries, architects Professor Emin Onat and Assistant Professor Ahmet Orhan Arda’s proposal for a truly monumental structure was selected. The Anitkabir Ataturk Museum opened on June 2,1960, with Ataturk's personal effects, his wardrobe, and some of the gifts presented to him by heads of state on display.
The foundations of this citadel were likely laid by the Galatians, a Celtic tribe who ruled Ankara for several centuries during the pre-Classical era. Set on a prominent lava outcrop, the structure that exists today was built by the Romans. The citadel is the oldest structure in Ankara and contains many fine examples of antique architecture. Comprised of two sections, the outer castle has twenty towers and surrounds old Ankara. The inner castle boasts one interior and one exterior gate, and the height of the impressive interior walls varies from between 14 and 16 mt (45-52 feet).
Located on the south side of the citadel is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which exhibits gold, silver, glass, marble, and bronze works that date back as far as the second half of the first millennium B.C.E. Its collection, particularly of Hittite and Assyrian artefacts, ranks among the finest in the world.
Dating back to the third century C.E., Ankara’s Roman Baths have been well preserved and rank among the city’s most important archaeological sites. The heating system for the baths, as well as the dressing room (apoditerium), the hot room (caldarium), the warm room (tepidarium), and the cold room (frigidarium) are clearly visible. Beneath the baths are 7th century B.C.E. Phrygian remains.
The temple, also known as the Monumentum Ancyranum, was first built between 25 B.C.E.– 20 B.C.E. by the Galatians. After the death of Augustus in 14 C.E., a copy of the text of Res Gestae Divi Augusti (The Deeds of the Divine Augustus) was inscribed on the interior of the pronaos in Latin, while a Greek translation is also presented on an exterior wall of the cellar. The temple, on the ancient Acropolis of Ancyra, one of the many ancient names of Ankara, was enlarged by the Romans in the 2nd and 5th centuries, it was later converted into a church by the Byzantines.
One of the largest mosques in the world, the Kocatepe Mosque can accommodate up to 24,000 worshippers. Completed in 1987, this modern mosque is considered to be at the forefront of modern Islamic architecture, seamlessly combining traditional and contemporary design.