The history of Hamamönü neighbourhood goes far back from the era when Ankara became the capital city, and its core is believed to be built in antiquity. The neighbourhood has become a centre of tourism since the award winning restoration work was completed. In 2011 Hamamönü became an EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) awarded destination, and became one of the most visited sites in Ankara by domestic and foreign visitors. Despite being a very centrally located neighbourhood in Ankara, it was insulated from the crowded and noisy life of a big city, and attracts visitors to its quiet charm of olden times. Hamamönü displays the structure of a neighbourhood of late Ottoman era and early days of Republic and the houses incorporate the features of Ottoman civic architecture. As a whole it presents a sample of old Ankara to its visitors. Alongside the houses restored so well to create a feel of visiting intricate streets of an Ottoman neighbourhood, there are major structures such as the Karacabey Hamamı (The bathhouse commissioned by Karaca Bey in 15th century), Taceddin Sultan Mosque, and Hacı Musa Mosque. Hamamönü was also renowned as the habitat of the significant politicians and artists of the early republic.