Reading list | Central Anatolia

Turkey’s heartland is home to some of the world’s earliest civilisations, in neolithic Çatalhüyük and Göbekli Tepe. In their footsteps came Hittites, with their capital at Hatussa, and Phrygian King Midas at Gordion. The Seljuks built their great mosques in Konya and Divriği and the Ottomans added their handsome mansions. From the Lakes District and stony wastes of Cappadocia with its cave churches and extraordinary landscapes of fairy chimneys, the scene is dotted with monuments, while modern civilisation peaks at the capital, Ankara, another city with ancient roots.