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Ankara Gölbaşı DISTRICTGölbaşı is a town and district of the Ankara Provincemarker in the Central Anatolia region of Turkeymarker, south of the city of Ankaramarker. According to a 2000 census, the population of the district is 62,602; 35,308 of which live in the town of Gölbaşı. The district covers an area of , and the average elevation is . The district includes the Mogan and Eymir lakes.

Although the lakes are polluted and infested with mosquitoes, the picnic areas and lakeside restaurants of Gölbaşı serve as a popular retreat from the city for the people of Ankara. A number of government departments have accommodations here, and the town is slowly but surely joining up with the city as the green space between the two disappears. Türk Telekom have their satellite ground control in the area.

History

Archaeological research in the area has revealed occupation since 3000 BC by a succession of civilısations including Early Bronze Age, Hittites, Phrygians, Ancient Romans and Byzantines. Excavated sites include Selametli, Tuluntaş, Tuluntaş-Ortaçayır, Kızılcaşar-Gökçepınar, Bacılar, Bezirhane Kültepe, Bezirhane-Kepenekçi and İncek-Harmantepe.

The area has long been occupied by Turks and it was here that Timur hid his elephants in the woods before the Battle of Ankara.

Places of interest

  • Tulumtaş caves - from Ankara, of limestone cave with stalagmites and stalactites.


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