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 Network. Lahmacuns (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.
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.