Gaziantep, the hub of settlements and cultures since the early days of civilization, has been the cradle of various historical monuments and heritages.
Founded by Alexander the Great in 300 BC, the ancient city of Zeugma is one greatest historical legacies today. Zeugma, the name of which meant "Bridge", was the connector of the Silk Road from China to Antakya. Well- known for its mosaic of the gypsy, which is exhibited along with many other valuable specimens at the Archaeology Museum of Gaziantep, the continuing excavations demonstrate that Zeugma is a true cultural center. The Medusa Museum of Glass Works and Zeugma Mosaic Museum exhibit historical examples of this period.
The artifacts displayed at the Hasan Süzer Ethnographic Museum and Yemesek Open-Air Museum shed light on the history of civilizations that have settled in the province of Gaziantep.
The ancient city of Düllük and the historic sites of Zincirli and Cıncıklı home to many relics of the ancient times are open-air museums of both historical significance and scenic beauty.
The Kendirli and Nizip Fevkani churches were built during the time of the Ottomans for the Christians who lived in this region. They played a significant role in determining the architectural fabric of the city.
The numerous historical mosques of Gaziantep have not only contributed to the city’s skyline but also to its cultural development and maintained their significance up to the present day.
The Bazaars, inns and historic houses of Gaziantep are among the must-see sites for those who want to see the original texture and feel the historic atmosphere of the quaint city.
In Gaziantep plenty of sports facilities await you. Paragliding, safari, hiking, biking are some of the outdoor activities that can be done at fresh air while exploring the beautiful nature of Gaziantep.
Recognized worldwide for its delicious kebabs and baklavas Gaziantep has no rivals in this respect.
You will come across savory dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and secret recipes of delicate dishes that are kept in the family like a legacy in every corner and every household of the city. Dishes such as Alaca soup, Beyti, fried plum, Firik rice, Lahmacum, Onion kebab and desserts such as Baklava, Şöbiyet, Bulbul Yuvası are some of the delicacies that will delight your taste buds.
Also do not forget to watch folk dances accompanied by local folk songs. It is not difficult to adapt to the local culture and dance with them. It is highly recommended to see examples of the handicrafts unique to Gaziantep and take some small gifts to your loved ones before leaving the city.