This beautiful city of Gaziantep in Turkey is one of the oldest cities in the world that are continuously inhabited. It has an enormous number of pastry shops that cater to the world’s best pistachio baklava. Being the sixth most populous city in Turkey, it offers to you a number of attractions that will hypnotize you. So, before you visit this astounding place, have a list of places to visit in Gaziantep.
Here's the list of top tourist attractions and 15 best things to do in Gaziantep:
1. Visit the Modern Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum
This state of the art museum is one of the best places that you can visit. It displays the mosaics unearthed during the excavation of the Belkis-Zeugma site. You will be able to find some of the magnificent pieces of Roman art that look to be the best replica of Roman mosaic work in the world.
2. Don’t skip Citadel (Kale)
It lies at the centre of the city and is a perfect ancient piece of art. It displays the past and the archaeological style of the city. The history of this beautiful castle is a mystery. The small museum known as Gaziantep Defense and Heroism Panoramic Museum is there inside this castle and is dedicated to the people who defended the city then in 1920 against the French.
3. Explore some History at Gaziantep Archaeological Museum
This archaeological museum of the town displays the finds that got excavated at the surrounding sites. If you are a history lover, you will find this place fascinating.
4. Explore some wildlife at Gaziantep Zoo
This zoo is a special zoo as it has a surface area of 570 sq m. It was constructed by the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality and is known to be home to more than seven thousand animals having 300 species that helped this place become one of the most popular venues in the city right after its establishment in 2001. People love to visit this place and if you are in Gaziantep, just mark this important.
5. Visit the National Park Dulukbaba Tabiat Parki
It is the biggest national park in Turkey which is man-made. The place is situated in the outskirts of Gaziantep and is a must place to visit if you have children along as they will love being here. People come here for picnics and you can play around, swim, or just stroll. It is beautifully and neatly maintained and is quite crowded in holidays. There are a number of restaurants also nearby and you will love eating there too.
6. Visit Gaziantep Botanik Bahcesi
It is the first botanical garden of the state and has its own significance. The purpose of establishing this is to have a collection of shrubs and herbaceous plants.
7. Enjoy some Shopping
No travel can complete without some shopping. Some of the places that you can hit for shopping are Primemall Gaziantep AVM, Forum Gaziantep, Sankopark Mall, Elmaci Pazari, and Sirehan Alisveris Merkezi. These are the places where you will find everything that you need and take those things as a preserve of the memory of this beautiful historic city.
8. The religious Kurtulus Cami Mosque
This is the most sacred place in the whole Gaziantep city and was built in 1982. It has also gone through a lot if controversies due to the turbulence going on in the city from time to time. It is known not just for the religious reasons, but the architecture of this mosque is also commendable. People visiting the city prefer coming to this place and captivating some memories and information about this place.
9. Yesemek Open Air Museum
This is an open-air museum on a hill near Yesemek village. The hill mentioned is a Hittite stone quarry and for over a period of hundreds of years, this quarry has churned out the basalt blocks. This is another enticing place to visit in the city.
10. The Toy Museum of Gaziantep Oyuncak Muzesi
Being one of the most recommended places of the city, this is a recommended place to be visited with children. This is a place where children will learn through toys and they love toys. This can be entertaining as well as educational too as children get to learn a lot being here. This place has 591 pieces of hand-made toys and hence you should surely take your children here.
11. Just Don’t miss Emine Gogus Culinary Museum
Since Gaziantep is all about food, this museum is dedicated to food. The architecture of this museum is done in such a way that you get to see the most famous dishes of Gaziantep that include sticky and syrupy delights of the city's baklava and plenty of other dishes. This is surely unique in its own way.
12. Nightlife in the City
Surely the city is home to mosques and historical structures, but this doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy night life in the city. Grande Club and Bar, Papirus Cafeteria, Tutun Hani, and Adana Şalgamacısı – Gürbüz Usta are some of the places where people can enjoy drinks along with some good music. Some of the places offer live music too which is surely a better deal to grab.
13. Hit Some Restaurants
Gaziantep is also known to be the food capital of the world. So how can someone miss out on the good food as the most authentic Turkish food can be found here only. We have a list of some of the best restaurants that you should hit to enjoy the drooling delicacies of the authentic Turkey. They are Katmerci Zekeriya Usta, Kebapçi Halil Usta, Koçak Baklava, Tahmis Kahvesi, Metanet Restaurant, and Orkide Pastaneleri.
14. Come to the Majestic Omeriye Mosque
This is a majestic mosque which is situated in the heart of the city. It is the oldest mosque. No one knows who built this mosque and it is built beautifully. This is constructed in White Black stone and is a popular attraction amongst travellers.
15. Visit the magnificent Pisirici Kastelive Mescidi
This is a site that everyone loves to visit curiously as this is a beautiful underwater structure. This was built with an agenda to store and supply the water to the whole city. The architecture if this structure is enthralling and innovative.
The visit to this city is surely a memorable one as one thing that people enjoy the most is food and you get a variety of drooling delicacies here. Pack your bags and hit this beautiful and historic city of Turkey.