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Book flights to Dalaman and spend your vacation in this stunning place with the people you love the most. You and your loved ones will surely enjoy exploring the various holiday spots in this amazing town in Turkey. The breathtaking and awe-inspiring scenery will surely make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. This is such an ideal destination for families and couples seeking a peaceful vacation that is far from the busy streets of the city.

The history of Ankara and its surroundings stretches back to the Hatti civilisation of the Bronze Age.

Two thousand years before Christ, the Hittites become the dominant power of the region, and were then followed by the Phyrgians, Lydians and Persians. In the 3rd Century BC, a Celtic race known as the Galatians made Ankara their capital city. The name Ankara comes from the word 'Ancyra', which means 'anchor.'

The oldest parts of the city surround the Castle. The Alaaddin Mosque found inside its walls is still one of the best examples of Selcuk art and wood craftsmanship, in spite of the fact that it was restored by the Ottomans. The area has experienced a rejuvenation with the restoration of many interesting old Turkish houses, and the opening a several art galleries and fine restaurants which feature examples of traditional Turkish cuisine. Near the gate of the castle is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which is a beautifully restored portion of the old bazaar. It contains priceless artifacts belonging to the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras as well as the Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartu and Roman civilizations.

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