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Ugurlu Thermal Resort Spa & Kaplica Kur Merkezi
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Gaziantep is a city in Southeastern Anatolia.


Set in the western reaches of the Southeastern Anatolian plateau, Gaziantep is a surprisingly large (with a population of almost 2,000,000) and modern city.

Among the locals, the city is informally known by its old name, Antep. The honorific gazi (Turkish for "veteran"), now an official part of the name, was added in 1921 in honour of the fierce resistance of the locals against the French (who ruled the neighbouring Syria between 1920 and 1946) who occupied the city for a number of months in 1921, after the Ottoman Turkey and its allies lost the World War I. G.Antep, which can often be seen on some signs, is a compromise between the shorter, colloquial name, and the longer, official form.

Get in

By plane

Gaziantep Airport. 15 km from city center. You can reach the city center from the airport with the Havaş shuttle service (9 lira, departs after most incoming flights)

By bus

The bus station (otogar) of the city is quite a few kilometers out of town. It is connected to city centre by local public buses, which cost 0.95 TL one-way.

Buses from Mersin on the Mediterranean coast in the west take around 5 hours and cost 25 TL, while the service from Urfa in the east takes 4 hours and also costs 25 TL.

By train

Due to the ongoing upheaval in nearby Syria as well as major track works across Turkey rail services are now limited to regional trains. Passenger services with the famous Toros Express from Istanbul might resume in 2015 when the new high-speed rail system is finished. International trains from Aleppo and Mosul are cancelled and with no end in sight for the Syrian Civil War nor the conflict in northern Iraq, they are most likely not to be reinstated in the near future.

  • 1 Gaziantep railway station (Gaziantep Garı), Yaprak Mh (2½ kilometers north of city centre).

Get around

The city centre is reasonably compact and walkable. There are plenty of local buses if you prefer and of course taxis for tired feet.


  • 1 Archaeological Museum (Arkeoloji Müzesi), Kamil Ocak Caddesi 2, Şehitkamil (Corner of Kamil Ocak Caddesi and İstasyon Caddesi, just south of train station), ☎ +90 342 324-88-09, fax: +90 342 324-38-22. Tu-Su 8:30AM-noon 1PM-6PM (May-Sep); Tu-Su 8AM-noon 1PM-4:30PM (Oct-Apr). This local archaeological museum, which also has a small cafe inside, is wheelchair accessible. 2 TL.
  • 2 Gaziantep Castle (Gaziantep Kalesi). First built by the Romans this castle was a major battle ground during World War I as well as the Turkish War of Independence. The museum showcases this well, even if the talk on national heroes might come off as a little too detailed and boring for non-Turks. The view from the top of the castle is worth the entrance itself. 1 TL, 0,50 TL for students.
  • 3 Cuisine Museum (Emine Göğüş Gaziantep Mutfak Müzesi), Karagöz Mah, Sadık Dai Sok No:16 (South of the castle, there's many hard-to-miss signposts), ☎ +90 342 232 6616. Interesting museum on traditional Turkish cuisine and tools used for food preparation. 1 TL (0.50 TL for students).
  • 4 Zeugma Mosaic Museum (Zeugma Mozaik Müzesi), Hacı Sani Konukoğlu Blv, ☎ +90 342 325-27-27, fax: +90 342 324-38-22. Tu-Su 09:00-17:00 (Apr-Oct), 09:00-17:30 (Nov-Mar); last entry: 16:30. Opened in 2011, Zeugma Museum hosts stunning mosaics excavated at the nearby Zeugma (50 km east of Gaziantep), a city of antiquity known for its pontoon bridge crossing the Euphrates, and is now submerged under the waters of the Birecik Dam. 8 TL.
  • 5 St. Mary's Armenian Church (Kurtulush Jami) (Corner of Tufan Hamam Sk. and Cami Sk.). Grand old Armenian Church with white stone walls with black checkered edges. The church was converted to Kurtulus Mosque after the Armenian Genocide but architecturally remains nearly intact. Right in the center of the city.


Visit the castle, explore the bazaars and don't forget the museum. There are a lot of museums in the center of city, especially some of them are close to castle. You should go Mosaic Museum (close to stadium), Medusa Museum (Glass Museum), Martyr's Museum, Dervishes Museum (Mevlevihane), Hasan Süzer Etnographia Museum.


You can buy a lot of traditional things in Gaziantep. You should try Bakırcılar Çarşısı, a traditional bazaar in the center of the city. You can buy baklava, nargile (hooka pipe), yemeni (local leather shoes), among other things.


Antep is known for its cuisine that is heavily influenced by its southern neighbours. The city is renowned for its local variety of kebab (Antep kebabı). You can find many places that sell spicy kebabs here. Make sure you enter a place that is crowded and order ayran with your kebab. Try a lahmacun, which is minced, marinated, spiced meat with minced vegetables on an extremely thin, crunchy dough. Lahmacun can be made with garlic or onions, in general, you will find garlic ones in Antep.

As the centre of a large pistachio-growing region, as the groves along the highway leading to Gaziantep indicate, you can find many stores selling this local product (known in Turkish as Antep Fıstığı, i.e. "Pistachio of Antep", an expression which surpassed the former name of Şam Fıstığı, i.e. "Pistachio of Damascus", used during Ottoman period), both fresh (not very tasty, though) and also in a salty roasted variety (a lot tastier!). Try the spicy nuts.

Upon finishing your dinner, make sure to have baklava made with pistachios. Also, you can try the hot desserts with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Antep is known for its food, and meals there are one of the highlights of visiting the region. So enjoy yourself.


Many of Antep's drinking establishments are basically for picking up women. However there are some nice birahanes ("beer-houses") where you can enjoy a quiet drink in peace.


  • 1 Yunus Hotel, Bey Mah. Kayacık Sokak No 16, Şahinbey (off Atatürk Boulevard, parallel to Hürriyet Caddesi behind the Post Office), ☎ +90 342 221 1722, e-mail: hotelyunus@hotmail.com. Two stars in city centre with very clean rooms and free Wi-Fi. Staff are exceptionally friendly, although there is not a lot of English. 35 TL/50 TL low/high season for a double room including breakfast.
  • Allstar Sevcan Hotel. Three stars in city centre. +90 342 220 66 86.
  • Tugcan Hotel. Five stars in the city. +90 342 220 43 23
  • Hotel Burak, Alabey Mah. Hürriyet Cad, 27, Şahinbey, ☎ +90 342 220 4990, e-mail: info@gaziantepburakhotel.com. It is a good hotel, in a perfect location. In February 2010, it was possible to bargain the price from the original 45 TL down to 35 TL, including the dinner and a very good breakfast. Obtaining the reduction will depend on the season, the manager, and the ability to bargain. 35 to 45 TL/single room.
  • Hotel Evin (directly opposite the Yunus Hotel). Not the most sparkling of hotels, but absolutely acceptable and with a private bathroom, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. 25 TL/45 TL low/high season a room with a double bed.
  • 2 Uğurlu Hotel, Bey Mah. Kayacık Sok. No 14 (next to Yunus Hotel), ☎ +90 342 220 96 90. 100-140 TL, but bargainable down to 80 TL for a double room, including breakfast.

Go next

From city's otogar you will find numerous agents selling tickets to dozens of destinations including Istanbul, Konya, Van, Dogubeyazit, and Antalya to name a few. Buses leave frequently. Shop around for the best price.

Urfa, the next major city to the east, is the obvious destination if you are heading that way. Somewhere around the Euphrates River on the way, you will find that it is time to say goodbye to the 'West', and be welcomed into the world of the 'East'. Even the language of choice on the streets will change, with the Turkish words thinning out more and more towards the east, even if you are still in Turkey.

Halfeti is a picturesque riverside old town in the northeast, off the highway to Urfa, partly inundated under a dam lake on the Euphrates.

However, before taking that direction, you might want to hit up to the north first, to Kahta for a visit to the Mount Nemrut, the summit of which is adorned with huge statues dedicated to the ancient gods.

If ancient statues scattered about the countryside sound interesting, the remote site of Yesemek near İslahiye (21 km southeast of İslahiye, 100 km southwest of Gaziantep) may also be worth checking out. This was a stone quarry used by the Hittites (a Bronze Age nation that was the first to found a state in Anatolia ever) as a statuary workshop. Later, it was abandoned and hence some of the half complete statues never made to the locations that they were intended to stand at first and dot the hillside of Yesemek instead since then.

Blue Guide Southeastern Turkey - An explorer's guide to Kahramanmaras, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Elazig, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Batman and Mardin provinces ... (Updated chapter from Blue Guide Turkey)

Paola Pugsley

A crossroads of civilisations on the modern border with Syria and the banks of the mighty Tigris. Includes the ruins of Nemrut and Carchemish and the important site of Göbekli Tepe. An explorer's guide to Kahramanmaras, Gaziantep, AdiyamanElazigMalatyaSanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Batman and Mardin provinces.

Actual Archaeology: The City of all ages GAZIANTEP (Issue)


Gaziantep is one of those cities where you cannot help but feel that it’s alive. Its streets and buildings resemble the face of a man, bearing the marks of life itself. All around the city, traces of the last couple of millennia of humanity’s history in particular can be seen. It greets us at times with an inscription at Karkamış, at times with a recipe on the Zincirli reliefs, at times with a story engraved upon the Zeugma mosaics. All those are familiar with one another and since they are complementary, time cannot separate one from the other. The scent you sense when you are strolling down the streets of the city is the smell of that past. The journey to a living city begins when the streets of Gazian­tep draw you in. Every stop and every taste whisper a new story in your ear.

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