Polatli 76 km (47 mile) far to Ankara. The best base for visiting the Phrygian sites at Gordion is Polatlı,a leafy, well-ordered town, and a good example of modern Anatolia at its best.

There’s little in the town that’s of much historic interest although as you come in from the bus station you will spot on the left-hand side of the road a mound which has been excavated to show that the site has been  inhabited since the Early Bronze Age (c. 3000 BC).

Focal point of the town centre is a square decorated with the predictable statue of Atatürk but behind it some of the old railway buildings have been tarted up and given new life as cafes overlooking a water feature which may or may not have water in it when you visit.

Nearby stands a memorial to Necip Fazıl Kısakürek (1905-83), the poet responsible for a popular poem called Sakarya Türküsü, as well as a lively monument commemorating the Turkish War of Independence (1919-22).

In the evening you might want to stroll down to the Urfa Sofrası where a pleasant restaurant serves dinner in the grounds of a building designed to imitate an old Ottoman mansion.

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