Turkey is the meeting point of Asia and Europe. Throughout history, Turkey has played host to an amazing blend of cultures, history and archaeological sites and is often referred to as the cradle of civilizations. In Turkey you can find a wide variety of landscapes, including mountains, lakes, forests and seas. It is surrounded by three seas, the Black Sea to the North, the Marmara to the North West, and the Aegean/Mediterranean to the South/West.
Ankara is Turkey’s young and vibrant capital city, located in the heart of the Anatolian region. Ankara has been the crossroads of many civilizations, dating back to the Bronze Age and was declared as the capital of the Turkish Republic by Ataturk in 1923. The name Ankara comes from the word ‘Ancyra’ which means ‘anchor’. The hill which overlooks the city is crowned by the ruins of the old citadel, which creates a picturesque view. The city, located on the High Anatolian plain, is the hub of governmental activities for all of Turkey and, as host to embassies and a variety of international organizations, is a gateway to the rest of the world.