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[caption id="attachment_152779" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Turkish Parliament © T.C. Büyük Millet Meclisi[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. The city has a mean elevation of 938 metres (3,077 ft), and as of 2008 the city had a population of 4,500,000. Ankara also serves as the capital of Ankara Province. As with many ancient cities, Ankara has gone by several names over the ages. It has been identified with the Hittite cult center Ankuwaš, alt...

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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, capital of Camargue

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Estancias in South America

Estancias in South America

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Verviers in Wallonia

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Faro, gate to the Algarve

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Oceanside in California

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Miami Beach

Miami Beach

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The gas production platform Sea Troll in the North Sea

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