Beypazari - Ankara

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Beypazarı is a town and district of Ankara Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, approximately 100 km west of the city of Ankara. Beypazarı today is a small town in a rural district famous for its carrots, local foods, shopping streets, restaurants and silverwork.


A popular day out from Ankara, Beypazarı appeals to both the eye and the stomach. Its mineral water is well known and a number of local dishes can be sampled in shops and restaurants in well maintained Ottoman houses. Beypazarı is also Turkey's main carrot-growing region.


Beypazarı, which addresses 60% of Turkey’s carrot production, is in fact Turkey’s carrot depot with its by-product varieties such as Carrot Turkish Delight and Carrot Juice.


80 Layer Beypazarı Baklava. The homemade baklava cooked for 4 hours with walnuts placed after every five layers, is famous for its unforgettable taste.


The secret of the quality of the Cevizli Sucuk (Walnut Roll) created with the combination of grapes produced in vineyards in Beypazarı and walnuts is its production without adding water and sugar.


Beypazarı’s Famous Taste: The KURU (Buttery Bıscuit) The Beypazarı Kuru is an essential element of tea breaks and breakfasts. It is made of flour, milk, and butter. 


Beypazarı has a rich life with its historic homes, vibrant streets reflecting the concept of street life, historic bazaar where commercial activity still continues, markets attracting visitors from surrounding settlements large and small, and protected natural beauties.


Ottoman period buildings include the 17th-century Suluhan Caravanserai and the 13th-century Sultan Alaedin Mosque. 


Turkish Bath Museum. The Turkish bath is currently being used as a museum reflecting traditions.


Beypazarı has a vibrant urban fabric with its deep rooted culture and the historic mansions, which still keep this culture alive within them. The locals of Beypazarı, who have achieved conserving the basic characteristics constituting the urban fabric, continue their lives in historic structures that are the most important elements of the cultural heritage.

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Roman Bath - Ankara

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The Roman Bath, approximately 400 meters far from Ulus, was built by the Roman Emperor Caracalla, the son of Septimius Severus in the 3rd century to the honor of the God of Health, Asklepion. 


It has been established that this platform, which is callled the Roman Bath today, was a tumulus and carried the remains of Roman times (partially Byzantine and Seljuk layers) on the top, and of Phrygian times at the bottom. 


The Frigidarium (cool room) is just behind the sporting area, and Piscina (swimming pool) with stairs to sit on at the sides and an Apoditarium (place to take off the clothes) are on the left, and the cooling room with column pieces made of round bricks is on the right. The bath rooms had once been on these columns.  The hot and warm rooms are wider divisions because of Ankara's very cold winter conditions. These rooms were supported with under-ground warming installations having brick columns around them to let the air to circulate easily, the upper rooms were warmed in this way.

 

During the excavations of the Turkish History Institution the dressing and bathing parts of the bath, stokeholes and service paths were discovered.

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