2ANKARAThe city of Ankara lies in the center of Anatolia on the eastern edge of the great, high Anatolian Plateau, at an altitude of 850 meters.
3The city was an important cultural, trading, and arts center in Roman times, and an important trading center on the caravan route to the east in Ottoman times. It had declined im importance by the nineteenth century.
4It again became an important center when Kemal ATATÜRK chose it as the base from which to direct the War of Liberation. By consequence of its role in the war and its strategic position, it was declared the capital of the new Republic of Turkey on October 13 th,1923.
16The region known in ancient times as Cappadocia is the setting for some of nature’s most bizarre wonders. It incorporates the provinces of Aksaray, Nevşehir, Niğde, Kayseri, and Kırşehir. For most people , the name Cappadocia suggest the towns and vicinities of Uçhisar, Görme, Avanos, Ürgüp, Ihlara etc., where, in the course of million of years, the land has been shaped into fantastic forms.
17The Göreme Open- Air Museum is where the ‘educational system that unified all the the ideas of Christianity’ of St Basil the Great and his brothers, was born.
18In the Tokalı church, the Convent of Monks and Nuns, the Chapel of St Basil, and the Elmalı, Yılanlı,Karanlık and Çarıklı churches the architectural details and frescoes seem as alive today as when ther were new.
19In Avanos, located 18 kilometers from Nevşehir, there is a traditional of pottery-making that has been alive since Hittite times.If you want to give it a try, call at a workshop, don an apron, and take up your position before a wheel. What happens next will depend upon the skill of your hand and the vividness of your imagination.
20Pottery- making, porcelain manufacturing, leather- working, handicrafts, and the making of delectable wines are well- developed activities in the region of Cappadocia, nature’s ‘art gallery’, whose natural, historical, and cultural assets entice visitors wit their miracles and spells.
21FORECAST WEATHER IN ANKARA ON OCTOBER Mainly cloudy with a few rain patchesThough the temperature ranges from 11 °C to 17 °C in daytime and from 2 °C to 4 °C in nigthtime.
22USEFUL LINKS Republic of TURKEY Ministry of Culture and Tourism Turkish State Meteorological Service Official Web Service
23Maps of AnkaraNetwork of Underground Trains in Ankara
24GENERAL INFORMATION Getting to Ankara There is regular air service via Turkish Airlines (see for flight information) to nearly all the major cities of Europe.
25Ankara Airport, is named Esenboğa Havalimanı, is near to aproximately 45 minutes to central Ankara. Two transportation systems are available. First of them is called Havaş Bus. Havaş Bus Ticket is nearly 10 Turkish Liras (10YTL). You can by that ticket in the bus. The another is yellow cabs which is called Taksi (Taxi). Taxis have a taximeter systemwith rates varying during the day and the night.
26VisasAll participants in the Meeting will require a valid passport and a visa for visiting Turkey.Please contact your nearest Turkish Embassy/Consulate for this purpose. Participants from those countries where there is no Turkish diplomatic representation can obtain their visa at the airport on arrival to Turkey.
27TransportationThere are different means of public transportation; bus services run either by the municipality or private firms provide access to all areas. The underground system (Ankaray) runs in the major directions. The city is also served by traditional yellow cabs and dolmuses (minubuses running along specified routes).
28Driving Licence International driving licences are recognised throughout Turkey. Car rental firms ask for a valid national or international licence.
29Postal Services Hotels often provide basic postal services. Post offices are open daily except Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
30FoodThere is wide and exciding range of food establishments all over Ankara from corner take- away restaurants, pizza and kebap houses to lavish up- market restaurants offering everything from traditional Turkish cuisine to speciality cuisines.
31Belows are some of the regions where restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars are located: Tunalı Hilmi Street RegionOran Sitesi RegionKızılay RegionÇankaya RegionBahçelievler 7 th Street RegionUlus RegionBilkent Region
32CurrencyThe local currency is the New Turkish Liras (YTL). The exchange rate changes daily. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks, hotels and exchange offices. International Credit Cards are widely accepted.
33BanksBank business hours are from Monday to Friday,Banks are closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. All banks have similar exchange rates
34Electricity Local voltage is 220V Electricity Local voltage is 220V . The plug/socket system is a 2 pin typeLocal Time Add 2 hours to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to get the Ankara
35Security Based on the data provided by well known statistical institutes of the world for major metropolises, Ankara is one of the few cities with a minimum amount of crime. Despite its intensive population and traffic, you can walk through most parts of the city.
36Shopping Most shops in Ankara are generally open from 09:00 to 19:00 Monday to Saturday. Some of the supermarkets, shops, newspaper kiosks, restaurants and food shops are also open on Sunday. In all the big shopping centers, major credit cards are accepted and your shopping will be tax free.
40Dear Colleagues,It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the ENOTHE meeting in Ankara. This will be accomplished with the supportive collaboration of a group of local and international experts.
41We hope that you and your colleagues will not miss attending the ENOTHE Meeting , both academically and socially.We look forward to welcoming you in Ankara toHacetepe University in October 2006.Local Organizing ComitteeHülya Kayıhan Mine Uyanık Tülin Düger Gonca BuminEsra Akı Çiğdem Öksüz Hülya yücel Semin Akel Songül Atasavun Evren Açık