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Travel Tips to Gaziantep (GZT)
Gaziantep -– city attractions in southeast Anatolia
As the sixth largest city in Turkey, Gaziantep has a fascinating history as seen in its rich archaeology. Evidence shows that its castle on a hill dates to as early as 3,000 BC. For the past few decades, Gaziantep has benefited from support programs which have enhanced both the city’s economic position as well as its prospects in tourism. The city is also active in agricultural production and processing of cereals, cotton, and pistachios among others. Visit Gaziantep and discover why its historic landmarks and natural beauty keep visitors coming back for more.
The Liberation Mosque with elements of Gothicism
The "Liberation Mosque" (Kurtuluş Camii) was built in 1892 and was originally an Armenian Apostolic Church. During the 1920s, the building was converted into a prison; and then transformed into a mosque in the early 1980s. Even today, the building features classic designs creatively accentuated with hints of Gothicism. The black and white stones used to build this historic structure were gathered from the region, while its unique bell was casted in Brazil. This bell, weighing three tonnes, can still be found inside the city’s museum today.
Touring the Roman Zeugma Mosaic Museum
If you enjoy the intricacy of mosaic designs, then a visit to the Zeugma Mozaik Müzesi is all you will ever need. Built in 2011, this museum presents unique archaeological findings - including the world's largest collection of Roman mosaics. It displays art pieces originating from the ancient city of Zeugma. Thanks to the Gaziantep Museum of Archaeology and several international organizations, such precious findings were able to be preserved. Without this they would have been destroyed during the construction of the Birecik Dam, which caused flooding in Zeugma. A highlight of the exhibition is a bronze statue of Mars - the god of war - which is housed at a great height on a column within the museum.
Tell Halaf and the Citadel
Located on the outskirts of Gaziantep, the citadel is a common attraction for tourists booking flights to Gaziantep. Developed by the Seljuks, the structure dates to the 11th century, and is said to have also housed residents within its fortress. Per tradition, the citadel was built only because the sister of the then Emperor sold a very valuable piece of jewellery. Its location on the historic hill of Tell Halaf allows Gaziantep Castle to be seen from afar. Its stunning panoramic view provides all the right reasons to book your flight to Gaziantep with FlyDoha and discover paradise. Make your reservations now!