17 Awesome Facts about Ankara
Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 17 interesting facts about Ankara!
- Ankara is the capital city of Turkey.
- Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced An-kur-ruh.
- The total land area of Ankara is 971 square miles (2,516 square kilometres)…
- …that’s roughly 4 times the size of Greater Manchester.
- Ankara’s population was 4,750,000 in 2015…
- …that’s less than double the population of Greater Manchester…
- …that gives it a population density of around 4,892 residents per square mile.
- Istanbul, which happens to be larger and more widely known than Ankara, is often mistaken as Turkey’s capital city.
- Ankara is located 3,077 ft above sea level.
- Residents of Ankara are known as Turks or Turkish.
- Turks living in Ankara enjoy a continental climate with hot, dry summers, followed by cold, snowy winters and an average annual temperature of 12°C.
- Looking to fly yourself to Ankara? You’ll need the coordinates of 39.9333° N, 32.8667° E.
- Make sure you visit the Ethnography Museum of Ankara if you’re in Ankara; it’s a museum dedicated to the study of people and culture which was opened in 1928. Not only is the museum full of incredible artefacts, the architecture is also stunning.
- The official language of Ankara is Turkish.
- Amazingly, Ankara has apparently been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age!
- Turkish Lira is the official currency here.
- Turkey welcomed 37,795,000 tourists into the country in 2013, many of whom visited Ankara for its rich history and wonderful architecture.