One of the Most Important Settlements of the Ancient World is in Ankara


The city that is the capital of the Turkish nation. Ankara is a city with a rich cultural texture, fertile lands adorned with sugar beet fields, scorching with dry heat in summers and beating with frost in winters. Settlement in this special city, chosen by our ancestors as the capital, has been continuing for 4,500 years.

The city, which was also the capital of the Gordian Phrygian Civilization, is located in Yassıhüyük, 94 kilometers away from the center of Ankara and 29 kilometers northwest of Polatlı.

The ancient city and its surroundings, where life continued for thousands of years, were included in the World Heritage List by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The decision regarding the Ancient City, which has been working for a long time to be transferred from the temporary list to the UNESCO World Heritage Permanent List, was finalized at the meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Gordion Ancient City thus became Turkey’s 20th cultural heritage asset included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The City of Expert Carpenters These lands, where a great civilization was founded, became one of the most important settlement areas of the ancient world, with its location at the crossroads of the main roads connecting Anatolia to Europe, its abundance of water resources, fertile soil and open lands suitable for animal husbandry. The beginning of excavations on the Ancient City of Gordion dates back to the 1900s. Following the first excavations by Gustav Körte and Alfred Körte, the second excavations were carried out between 1950 and 1973 under the supervision of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology and under the direction of Rodney Young. Prof. from the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania, who led the excavations for the UNESCO World Heritage List. Dr. In his interview with BBC Turkish, Brian Rose stated that the region trained the most professional carpenters and that the Phrygian heritage was well preserved. Rose, “We can find expert level carpentry work. “It is possible to find the world’s oldest wooden building, the oldest stone mosaics, the best preserved wooden furniture and textile works here.” said.     Capital of Innovations Stating that the ancient city hosted great innovations in the fields of architecture, economy and art, Rose added that excavations in the city, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, will continue with great care.