Ankara Castle has guarded the city for centuries, given that its history is as old as the city itself. Therefore, it is now a symbol of Ankara and its history. The construction year is not definite, however it is believed that it was built during the period of Roman Empire, then repaired and expanded by Selcuks.
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The Castle has two parts, an inner and an outer castle, with over 20 towers. The outer castle encloses the old city within its heart-shaped walls. The four-level inner castle is made partly of Ankara stone and partly of stones gathered from other structures. The two large gates of the inner castle are called the Outer Gate and the Castle Gate. The towers within the castle vary between 14-16 metres in height. Today within the castle walls there are a number of Ottoman-style houses dating as far back as the 17th century.