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Once Ataturk compared Bayezid and Timur. Bozkurt noted Ataturk loved Bayezid as a hero as well and he told “Bayezid was a great commander but when compared to Timur he is a child, a brave mad young lad”. 56 Ataturk must have largely impressed with Timur’s achievement of establish a strong empire from zero without inheriting anything from his ancestors. With his conquests, Timur realised the dream of all rulers who would name themselves conqueror even if they manage to achieve a portion of what Timur did.

Ottoman soldiers waiting in the battlefield had poor visibility of the oncoming hordes of Timur cavalry and naturally, they had to react to whatever they come upon themselves. We then drove to Cataltepe, northern border of the battlefield. Bayezid defended this hill with several thousand elite Kapıkulu cavalry and infantry until midnight. To reach Cataltepe, you need to go to Kutuören village and turn right and drive among the fields. Approaching Cataltepe, you could understand how mighty natural obstacle it was.

The forward forces already climbed the mountain saw this below but could not do anything. Their lives were saved, therefore this mountain is named life saver (cankurtaran) Mount Kuyrukçu: Mountain southeast of Lake Emir with its 1517m peak. Mount Emir: Mountain south of Lake Mogan. Mount Hüseyin Gazi: Mountain east of Ankara with 1409m peak. A nice looking mountain which is close to Ankara and very attractively visible from the city. STREAMS, RIVERS AND LAKES Çubuk stream: Stream that divides Cubuk plain from north to south and reaches to the city of Ankara.

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