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This continued until 1930’s. Ataturk had special interest in the battle of Ankara. When he had chance, he toured the area and cross checked the features in the region with historical sources hoping to identify the exact location. One day, early in the morning he left Presidential Palace and toured the Cubuk plain. Upon his return he said to those around him that the battle must definitely have took place in the area around Esenboga airport as he said, there was no other suitable place for a major battle field.

S 88 As we move further up on Cataltepe, this is the view you get. Meliksah village, Calkaya hill with its red colour on the right and view of the entire Cubuk plain. On the left there is the Esenboga Airport and on the right Mount Huseyin Gazi and city of Ankara. When Timur heard Bayezid broke the siege, he ordered a fresh regiment to pursue him. He ordered Chagatai Khan to follow him with fresh and powerful cavalry unit. After Bayezid moved 16km away from Cataltepe, his horse stumbled and Bayezid fell and Mahmut Khan captured him under the skirt of Cankurtaran hill.

Yasar Amca points to the opened and disrupted grave of Mahmut Dede. Opened and disrupted grave of Mahmut Dede After leaving Mahmutoğlan, we reached in 40-45 minutes, around 5pm to our staring point at Konutkent, Ankara. Those who wonder where battle of Ankara took place, our answer would be clear and straight: Areas, starting from Eymir and Mogan lakes in the south up to north passing through entire Ankara city up to Cubuk and to Mahmutoglan village, were the area of manoeuvring armies of Ottomans and Timurids.

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