On a hill near Yesemek village is an open air museum. The hill is actually a Hittite stone quarry, since the year 1375 BC. And on it is found a volcanic derivative- Basalt. For over 600 years, this quarry has churned out basalt blocks. Out of them were made various life-size artistic models. Some were completed, some still stand incomplete. This place will take you back to the ages when skilled workmen were also part-time artisans. And good ones at that! The drive from Gazianteep will take a little more than 2 hours, but it’s totally worth it. All the history and mineral enthusiasts will have a ball. Highlights include:
- Lions sphinxes and other models
- A gentle stream
- An outdoor studio
- A friendly staff
- Exhibits of the contemporary and modern artists
- A cafeteria and a small library
Yesemek Open Air Museum Travel Tips
- A few unpaved roads on the way to this place. Prepare for a bumpy ride.
- More than a 2 hour ride from Gaziantep. Do not plan for this on a busy day.
How to Reach Yesemek Open Air Museum
- Hire a taxi from Gaziantep.
- Esnaflar Cay Ocagi
- Keklik Kebap Evi
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21.34% of people who visit Gaziantep include Yesemek Open Air Museum in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
56% of people start their Yesemek Open Air Museum visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Yesemek Open Air Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Yesemek Open Air Museum
People normally also visit Rumkale while planning their trip to Yesemek Open Air Museum.