Ankara, Turkey

ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Workshop

ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Program

Program Dates Registration Deadline Location Fee USD Fee Includes
ISO 14001 Lead Auditor
25-29 January 2021 30 November 2020 Ankara, Turkey $2750 Visa Assistance, Participant Assessment, Airport Pickup, Accommodation, Wi-Fi, Breakfast, Workshop Kit, Interactive workshop, Program Materials, Local Expert, Practical Activities, Lunch, Refreshments, City Map, Field Visit, Certificate & Boat Tour.

Quick facts about Ankara

Situated in the center of the Anatolia region and at an altitude of 850m in the east of the high Anatolian Plateau, Ankara is Turkey’s capital and its second-largest metropolitan city. The plateau offers a rigid landscape with young volcanoes, yellow wheat fields, and infinite savannah. With a history going back to second millennium BC, Ankara has footsteps of Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Greeks, Galatians, Romans, Byzantines and the Turks scattered all around.

A battleground for powerful armies throughout history, Ankara has been an important cultural and trading center in Roman, Persian, and Ottoman times. Its influence and importance on commercial routes dates back to such very early times as the Assyrian Trade Colonies Period. After a period of relative obscurity in later times, it rose back to prominence when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk chose the city as the base for directing the War of Independence and declared it the capital of the new Republic of Turkey in 1923.

Today, Ankara is the geographic, political, and administrative center of Turkey, with all the government offices, foreign embassies, and bank headquarters. It boasts a number of skyscrapers like residential and office buildings, large shopping centers, and five-star hotels.

Prominent Places to Visit

If you wish to familiarize yourself with Ankara should start your visit with Ulus. It is the first area where you can find the traces of different civilizations side by side. Phrygians found the anchor here, which lends its name to Ankara. It served as the heart of commercial activities during the Ottoman era.

Built on the highest hill in the Ankara plains, Ankara Citadel bears the marks of all of the civilizations that have played a role in the city’s past. Its history is evident by the inscriptions on its walls. In the citadel, the Alaaddin Mosque is the oldest religious building in Ankara which is still open to worship. The panoramic outlook over the city from the top of the city walls is breathtaking.

The Samanpazarı locality in Ulus is home to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which is considered to be one of the most notable in the world.

Located among the oldest settlements of Ankara, Hamamönü has many patisseries, restaurants, and cafes where you can try a variety of food from Turkey’s different regions.

The most important monument in Ankara is undoubtedly Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern-day Turkey. It includes a museum housing a wax statue of Atatürk, writings, letters, and items belonging to him.

Ankara has a large number of theatres as well as public and private galleries throughout the city. There are a number of festivals throughout the year, like the International Film Days, the International Arts and Music Festival, the Asian-European Arts Biennial, and the Children’s Festival.

Going out for Shopping

Don’t miss checking the old shops of Çıkrıkçılar Yokuşu near Ulus where many interesting old and new items like jewelry, carpets, costumes, antiques, and embroidery can be found.

Uphill at the Citadel Gate, there are shops selling spices, dried fruits, nuts, and all sorts of fresh produce. Besides shopping malls in every part of Ankara, the city holds a shopping festival every year, with many cultural and entertainment activities.

Gençlik Park in Ulus, Kuğulu Park in Tunalı, Dikmen Valley in Dikmen and Altinpark in Aydınlıkevler are popular parks and recreation areas which also have facilities such as restaurants, cafes and game areas.

Venturing Outside of Ankara

Situated about 90km southwest of Ankara is the ancient city of Gordion which is one of the most important Phrygian sites in Anatolia. It was first inhabited in the late 3000BC. It has various layers of settlements belonging to the Hittites, the Phrygians, the Persians, and the Romans. Most of the artifacts recovered in the Gordion excavations are on display in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and at the Gordion Museum.

25km to the south, on the Konya road, is Gölbaşı Lake, popular for its attractive scenery and lakeside restaurants.

There are three forests around Ankara: the Beynam Forest to the south, Kızılcahamam Soğuksu National Park to the north and further along in the same direction the, Çamkoru Forest.

Elmadağ Mountain, 23km east of Ankara, is the go-to place for skiing and other winter sports.

Have a good trip and stay in Ankara!

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