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Gaziantep, Turkey

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Some Tourist Attractions in Gaziantep

Gaziantep is one of the top destinations in Turkey's southeastern region. The historic old city here is full to the brim with restored Seljuk and Ottoman buildings and attractions, and it is also home to a plethora of brilliant museums, including the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum. Despite all this sightseeing potential, many tourists come here solely for the food. The town is heralded across Turkey for producing the best baklava in the country, and there are approximately 200 pastry shops, where you can dig into this famed Turkish sweet.


 Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum

Top of the list of things to do in the city is this state-of-the-art museum, which displays the fine mosaics unearthed during the excavation of the nearby Belkis-Zeugma archaeological site. On opening, it became the world's largest mosaic museum. The craftsmanship of these Roman-era artworks is magnificent and would have once graced the floors of Zeugma's many grand Roman villas. Some of the pieces are rightly regarded by experts as some of the best examples of Roman mosaic work in the world. Look out particularly for the famed Gypsy Mosaic, with its intricate and stunningly life-like detailing.


 Gaziantep Zoo

Gaziantep Zoo is one of the biggest in Turkey. This place is a perfect destination for those accompanied by kids. The infrastructure here is world class and the collection of all kinds of animals, humongous. And it is not only the variety of wildlife that you will be struck by, it is also how beautifully the place has been maintained.


 Bakircilar Carsisi

Gaziantep is known for its copper. They say that the place has an expertise in the art of moulding copper since the last four centuries. Bakircilar Carsisi is a market of goods made out of copper. And yes, the variety of goods is stupefying. Watch the coppersmiths when they are working. They are very inclusive and friendly. They might end up teaching you a thing or two. Walk through lanes of this chaotic, crowded and lively market to discover the spirit of Gaziantep. Some say that this market is better than the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul.


 Gaziantep Hamam Museum

Turkish baths, one of the best known features of Gaziantep, and their culture will be featured in a new museum opening soon in the southeastern province. The Paşa Bath, which was built in 1557 by Lala Mustafa Paşa, is being converted into a museum to show the culture of Turkish baths to visitors. Beeswax sculptures, in which all details, including body sweat, have been considered, will be placed in the museum as well as breechcloths, silver slippers, wood combs and various soaps. The museum will also have artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Ottoman-era soaps and soap seals.


 Gaziantep Castle

This Seljuk era citadel (built in the 12th and 13th centuries) occupies the site of an earlier Byzantine fortress built under the Emperor Justinian's command in the 6th century. The citadel towers over the northern edge of Gaziantep's Old City, sitting atop the hill of Tell Halaf, which is known to have been settled as early as 3500 BC. The small Gaziantep Defense and Heroism Panoramic Museum inside the citadel is dedicated to the locals who defended the city against the French in 1920.


 Gaziantep Culinary Museum

Say the name Gaziantep to a Turk, and they'll usually start talking about food. This city is known as one of the country's culinary capitals, so it's no surprise that there's a museum dedicated to its food. The layout and excellent information panels guide you through Gaziantep's most famed dishes, which of course include the sticky, syrupy delights of the town's baklava, but also plenty of savory dishes that have an extra-spicy kick compared to much of Turkish cuisine. You'll most likely walk out of the museum hungry, so study up the information panels while in the museum and then head out with your new knowledge to taste some local flavors for lunch.



Founded by the Seleucid ruler Nicator I, Belkis-Zeugma rose to prominence under later Roman rule and was a prosperous city of trading merchants until its destruction by the Sassanid Persian army in AD 252. Excavations here in the 1990s revealed a treasure-trove of Roman mosaics gracing the floors of the fine Roman villas. The best examples of these mosaics can now be viewed in the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum. The opening of the Birecik Dam in 2000 resulted in the flooding of some of the archaeological site, but the area still above water is worthy of a visit, especially if you've viewed the mosaics in Gaziantep. Some of the less-important mosaics have been left in situ, and as you walk around the site, you can clearly make out the plans of these once grand villas.


 Gaziantep Archaeological Museum

The town's archaeology museum displays finds excavated at surrounding sites, including Zincirli, Karkamıs, and Sakçaközu. It's a small collection, but history lovers will still appreciate a visit here, particularly for the Hittite remains in the Karkamıs exhibits. The Karkamıs site was first excavated by a British Museum team in the years leading up to World War I, and one of the two archaeologists in charge of the site was TE Lawrence who went on to find fame as "Lawrence of Arabia" for his exploits in the war helping to lead the Arab Revolt. There is also an extensive collection of ancient Near Eastern stamp seals on display here.


Gaziantep War Museum

Gaziantep War Museum is one of the most important war museums in Turkey. It tells the heroic and tragic story of "Gaziantep Resistance” against enemy invasion, to which it resisted about two years. In the wake of epic struggle the city gained its independence and thus the accolade “Gazi" (the war veteran) from the Turkish parliament in 1921 by law.

Defense and Heroısm Panorama Museum

Located in the Gaziantep Fortress gallery, the epic story of Antep's civilian struggle of resistance in Turkey's War of Independence is presented in a panel format. This museum honors the sacrifice and heroism as citizens fought against foreign occupation and aggression. This historical era is displayed in chronological order in pictures, reliefs, sculptures and models. The museum keeps these events alive for future generations. Approximately 347,000 guests from Turkey and around the world have visited the museum in one year.


Gaziantep Game & Toy Museum

Gaziantep Toy Museum is unique in the sense that it not only displays antique toys but also exhibits how the development of human civilization is reflected through toys. It includes a rich collection of rag dolls as well as wooden toys. The museum also displays evidence of the current trend toward urbanization in Gaziantep. The museum is very important not only for the display of toys and history, but also for its unique youth programs, ateliers, workshops and events.


 Gaziantep City Museum

This great little museum, set in the restored Bayazhan building, uses dioramas and multimedia displays to tell the story of Gaziantep in an interesting and fun way. When you've finished touring the exhibits, sit down in the central courtyard for a coffee or browse through one of the stalls here that sell local crafts. The museum is also occasionally used as a cultural center for visiting musicians and artists. Check out if any event is happening while you're in town



RumKale is a fortress on the river Euphrates. It means- Roman Castle. In its past it has been a home to Armenian and Byzentine warlords. It has also housed the supreme head of the Armenian Church. This fortress had been captured by the Egyptians towards the end of the thirteenth century. Surrounded by water, this huge structure is accessible only by boats.



When the Birecik Dam was opened in 2000, the tranquil village of Halfeti and the nearby Rumkale and Savaş villages became victims of Turkey's march to modernization. These traditional villages, with their old Ottoman architecture, were partially submerged under the dam water, and many villagers were resettled by the government. The villages make a lovely day trip from Gaziantep, though there's a slightly surreal edge to sightseeing here, with mosque minarets poking defiantly out of the dam water, and abandoned village houses tumbling right down to the shore. To get the best views take a boat-trip from Halfeti to Rumkale (where there's a fortress on a cliff) and on to Savaş.


 Gaziantep Mosques

Gaziantep has a wealth of mosques from different time periods. A stroll in the central old city district is a good chance to visit a few and appreciate their different architectural elements. The Kurtuluş Mosque (off Eyüboǧlu Caddesi) started off life as a church and has been finely restored in recent years. The Alaüddevie Mosque (Şehitler Caddesi) and Tahtani Mosque (Eski Gümrük Caddesi) both feature striking Islamic architectural features. If you have a particular interest in mosque architecture, head outside the Old City to the southwest town district where you'll find the well-preserved 11th-century Ömeriji Mosque.



Beside the town of Sakçagoz are five old settlement mounds, where excavations have revealed 12-levels of occupation dating from the Stone Age to the 1st Century AD. Finds on the smallest mound include the remains of a palace, with an ante-room and defensive wall, as well as sphinxes and stone blocks carved with reliefs that date to the 8th century BC (now on display in Ankara's Museum of Anatolian Civilizations). Excavations at the site of Karahüyük, five kilometers northeast, have revealed a flourishing Early Bronze Age trading settlement, with a wealth of finds that date back to the Chalcolithic period.



Yesemek Open Air Museum

On a hill near Yesemek village is an open air museum. The hill is actually a Hittite stone quarry, since the year 1375 BC. And on it is found a volcanic derivative- Basalt. For over 600 years, this quarry has churned out basalt blocks. Out of them were made various life-size artistic models. Some were completed, some still stand incomplete. This place will take you back to the ages when skilled workmen were also part-time artisans. And good ones at that! The drive from Gazianteep will take a little more than 2 hours, but it’s totally worth it. All the history and mineral enthusiasts will have a ball.


 Gaziantep Botanical Garden

This botanical garden of Gaziantep was built in the year 2009. The objective of this garden is not only to introduce the visitors to its exhibits, but also to build a reserve, a collection of a wide variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants. The place has been set up as a training centre and not a tourist attraction per se. Here, high school students are taught botany. Plants with medicinal properties are a preference. The energy of this place is infectious and the aroma of the flowers, tantalizing.


 Elmaci Bazaar

The main market of Gaziantep is the Elmaci Bazaar. The essence of a place is in its local products. And this market sells exactly that. Be it food, souvenirs, artefacts or accessories, this place has them all. The spices that you get here are world renowned. The fragrances of this place will attract you here and make you stay longer than you had expected. The market is all on the street, lively and energetic.


 Ataturk Ani Muzesi

Ataturk AnIMuzesiis a museum that preserves the old belongings of a traditional Gaziantep household. This attraction was opened to the public in the May of 2013. Like many other museums in the city, this one too has been converted from a residential building. The house belonged to a Konukoglu family. The exhibits are kept inside glass cabinets. The floor and the roof are made of polished wood. The lighting is dim, in order to set the mood and preserve the ancient exhibits. The house itself is an exhibit, thanks to its well preserved traditional setup.


 Dulukbaba Nature Park

This is the biggest man-made national park in Turkey. Situated on the outskirts of Gaziantep, in a place called Duluk, this recreation centre has it all that you need to do on your holidays. Especially if you are accompanied by children, this place is a must visit. You can arrange your own picnic; get the tents, the BBQ equipments. You can roam around, play, swim or just sleep on the grass. The place is very well maintained and beautiful.





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