The capital of Turkey, Ankara is the Turkey's second largest city after Istanbul with a population of 4,4 million.Centrally located in Anatolia, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. The oldest settlements in and around the city center of Ankara belong to the Hatti civilization which lived during the Bronze Age.Before getting under the Ottoman Empire's control, the city was ruled by the Roman and the Seljuk Empire.
Ankara is the center of the Turkish Republic's state and government, housing all foreign embassies. It is an important crossroads of trade, strategically located at the center of Turkey's highway and railway networks, and serves as the marketing center for the surrounding agricultural area. Ankara plays a leading role also in Turkey's cultural, social and educational advance by hosting 10 universities.