Address: Çankaya, Atakule, 06690 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
In the capital, the Mausoleum of Atatürk is not the only place commemorating Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. The Atakule Tower, the remarkable communications and observation tower, is named after him. In Turkish, the word “Ata” means “ancestor”, which is often used as a nickname (Ata) for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk; while “kule” means “tower”. It stands on the hill as a loyal guardian of Ankara.
Although the Atakule Tower, which is at the height of 125m, may not be the tallest skyscraper in Ankara, it rises proudly above the city skyline. On a clear day, you can see the tower clearly from almost anywhere in the city. Visitors can look out the elevator’s windows for a pleasant city view before riding up to the observation deck. When reaching the deck, you can check out through the binoculars those lovely Ankara attractions. Or simply grab a chair and enjoy a Eurasian sunny day. A bistro and a café are within walking distance to have a relaxing drink. When night falls, the tables in the revolving restaurant right beneath the dome are awaiting your visit. You can savour delightful dishes and at the same time embrace Ankara’s night view from all angles, which will definitely make a romantic experience! After reaching the ground, you may have a nice walk in the Botanical Park in the Çankaya region sitting adjacent to the tower to enjoy a quiet night.
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