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Other Sights

Included among other sights of Interest in Ankara are Atatürk’s farm, his house, the old Parliament Building and the Ethnographic Museum. Atatürk Farm or Atatürk Orman Ciftliği is found five kilometers west of the city. Its biggest attraction is the zoo, and it also has several restaurants, parks and picnic areas. Atatürk’s house is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. This is located near the Presidential Palace at Çankaya, Ankara’s high hill that overlooks the whole city. It Is where Atatürk lived during the War of Independence and the first few years of the Republic. It contains ’articles used by him and has been kept exactly as he left it. The Old Parliament Museum is in Ulus Square, The first meetings of the Turkish parliament were held here. And the Ethnographic Museum is located near Saman Pazarı or literally the straw market. The building was erected in 1925 in a late Ottoman style, and it houses a rich collection of articles and ciothing from Turkish history and folklore. The displays include carpets, ceramics, weapons, musical instruments and religious objects. The body of Atatürk rested here from 1936 to 1953 under a large cupola.

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