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|• Governor||Hamza Duygun|
|• Mayor||Veysel Tiryaki (AKP)|
|• District||174.53 km2 (67.39 sq mi)|
|Elevation||850 m (2,790 ft)|
|• District Density||2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Altındağ is a metropolitan district of Ankara Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, part of the city of Ankara. According to the 2000 census, the population of the district is 407,101, of which 400,023 live in the urban center of Altındağ. The district covers an area of 175 km2 (68 sq mi), and the average elevation is 850 m (2,789 ft).
Located just outside the city centre, (beyond the district of Ulus as far as the large Altınpark), this hillside has long been home to the workers in the city of Ankara but Altındağ remains one of the poorer quarters of the capital, with a high rate of illiteracy. The hillside is covered with illegally-built gecekondu housing, home to low-income families. Among the housing there are some municipal buildings, public housing, state housing for civil servants and lots of small workshops doing car repairs and other light mechanical work.
The ancient Ankara Castle is in Altındağ and there has recently been investment in restoration work. With this architectural heritage, Altındağ is a member of the Norwich-based European Association of Historic Towns and Regions.
Altındağ includes parts of the old Ottoman city of Ankara, (which was merely a regional town before Ankara became the capital of the Republic of Turkey in 1923). The first National Assembly in which Republic of Turkey was founded is in Ulus/Altındağ.
Altındağ was the location of one of the first gecekondu developments in Turkey, when in the 1970s people illegally built small, one-bedroom houses on small plots of land; then in the 1980s and 1990s these plots of land were made legal through amnesty legislation, and eventually sold to developers who replaced these shacks with larger, multi-story apartment buildings.
- Aydınlıkevler - a quiet residential neighbourhood of civil servants and other members of Ankara's middle class; centred on an avenue of schools, banks and shops; contains the SSK teaching hospital, a military officers housing compound, the headquarters of Türk Telekom, Ankara University's faculty of agriculture and Altınpark.
- The legendary gecekondu areas such as Çin Çin, Yenidoğan and Telsizler - these are dangerous neighbourhoods inhabited by gangs of knife-wielding supporters of the Ankaragücü football club, unreconstructed 1970s political thugs, drug dealers cruising in luxury automobiles and other swaggering local heroes, where the police travel in armoured cars and even grocery trucks have guards. Most of this is exaggeration, but these neighbourhoods still remain to be the most dangerous in Ankara.
- Hacı Bayram - conservative area, home to one of the oldest mosques in Ankara, the mosque and tomb of the 14th-century Ankara-born mystic Haci Bayram Veli, famous for prophesying the conquest of Constantinople, and then founding his own Sufi sect. The district has recently been renovated by urban planner Raci Bademli.
Places of interest
- Altınpark - A large park, formerly a golf course, noted for its 10 metre high statue of a loaf of bread at the entrance; contains a fairground, go-karting, ice-skating, large pools for boating and fishing, the Feza Gürsey Science Center, and much more.
- Çamlık - view of the city from the hill
- Ankara Castle (kale) - the hilltop heart of the old city of Ankara, built by the Galatians and the Byzantines, now surrounded with antique shops, coffee houses and bar/restaurants in restored Ottoman-period wooden houses, where traditional Turkish music (fasıl) is played late into the evening. One of Ankara's few historical sites.
- Karapürçek - location of Ankara's annual oil-wrestling tournament.
- Ulucanlar Prison Museum
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Altindag.|
- Altındağ Haberleri (Turkish)
- District governor's official website (Turkish)
- District municipality's official website (Turkish) / (English)