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The cradle of civilization. The lands of Anatolia are full of countless remnants of civilizations that graced these lands for hundreds of years.
Whatever corner we turn, it seems that we come across the signs of yet another civilization that once dominated Central Anatolia region with its own very unique culture and belief system.
Just some of these are Catalhoyuk, a settlement that stretches all the way back to 8000 BC, the remnants of the Hittite capital of Hattusas and Alacahoyuk, and the Tomb of Rumi in Konya, the sacred city where the Mevlana dervishes whirled for divine love and devotion, and the grave of Phrgian King Midas near Eskisehir. The Anatolian meadow is a place that has been crossed by countless important actors on the historical stages, figures like Alexander the Great and Tamerlane.
Central Anatolia is ringed and dotted with the ruins of countless civilizations, from the Hatti to the Hittites, from the Phrgians to the Galations, from the Romans to the Byzantines, and from the Seljuks to the Ottomans. The artifacts gathered from these lands and archaelogical digs are on display today in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, one of the few museums of its kind in the world. One of the places that you must see during your visit is located just 200 km from Ankara, the Bogazkoy / Alacahoyuk National Park.
Central Anatolia has a semi-arid continental climate with hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. This region usually has low precipitation throughout the year.
Central Anatolia Region is located in middle Turkey. It occupies 19% of the total area of Turkey with its 151.000 km² of land, it is the second largest region of Turkey.
Central Anatolia region has always been an important center of many civilizations throughout the stages with its position. There are lots of astonishing places to visit in this region. You can come across with all the variety of culture and religion in this region.
Turkey's Central Anatolia region has 13 main cities for you to explore.
Ankara, the capital city, is the beating heart of Turkey which bears the footprints of many civilizations.Ankara
Konya is one of Turkey's oldest continuously inhabited cities, known as the city of spiritual whirling dervishes.Konya
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