June 26, 2019

Gaziantep City of Gastronomy

GAZIANTEP – City of Gastronomy for centuries Gaziantep become a meeting place for the naturalists, historians, archaeologists, enthusiasts of adventure. So the ones who are in love with art, devotee of nature and wanderers of cultural values. However it particularly well-known throughout Turkey for its excellent pistachios and rich gastronomy. Its gastronomic connections to the ancient past have contributed much to the formation of the city’s cultural identity.

Rooted in the local economy as a major driving force.Therefore,  gastronomy is also an important element in creating intercultural dialogue and social cohesion. Therefore, city place in UNESCO’s Creative Cities NetworkLahmacuns (a delicious pizza topped with spicy meat and herbs).  İçli Köfte (a kind of meatball cooked with a paste made of cracked wheat and meat and then fried) and baklava (a honey and nut pastry in Turkey) are only three of many delicacies that will delight both the palate and the eye.

GAZIANTEP - City of Gastronomy

History of Gaziantep

Dating back to the 4th millennium BC. Gaziantep  traces of Hittite
a settlement that continued till about 1183. When it conquered by Turkish tribes.

Till then it predominantly a Syrian town named `Hamtap`.

The Ottoman Empire invaded the place in the early 16th century and named it Ayintab meaning ” good spring”. However the city is surrounded by  beautiful spring waters.

The rule continued for three centuries uninterrupted until 1919. When occupied by the British. Which followed by a French control in 1920. In
1922 however, the Turks won back their land from the French troops. And the prefix `Gazi` added meaning `war veteran` and hence the name Gaziantep.

However, before these specific conquests. Gaziantep ruled by
Assyrians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines and the Abbasids.

ZEUGMA MOSAIC MUSEUM and YESEMEK MUSEUM

The city hosted many civilisations throughout history and it inhabited since prehistoric times. The discovery of sumptuous mosaics in the ancient city of Zeugma contributed not only to the cultural richness of Turkey but also to the cultural heritage of the world.

One of the largest mosaic museums is to be found here and the pieces from Zeugma, in particular the world-famous gypsy girl mosaic, astonish the visitors.

In the west of Gaziantep, the Dülük Forest makes a good day’s outing or you can stay overnight in the campsite. Enjoy strolling through the archaeological site in the woods which dates back to prehistoric times. A Hittite school of sculpture centred there in Yesemek. 

Where more than 300 works of art still reflect the beauty of the Hittite period. Kargamış, close to the Syrian border another important archaeological site that once served as a late Hittite capital on the banks of the Fırat River. The site’s finds including immense basreliefs are on display now in the world-famous Museum of Anatolian Civilisations in Ankara.

Home to the beautiful Roman mosaics, the ancient city of Belkıs (Zeugma) is along the Fırat River on the edge of the county of Nizip.

At the junction of the Fırat River and Merzimen Creek. There is Rumkale on a rocky hill which bears a special importance for Christianity as it is believed that this is where St John copied and edited the drafts of his gospel.

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