lots of history. Luckily,
it's mostly right in the city center,
within walking distance of the landmark fortress (map).
Gaziantep Kalesi (Fortress)
At the city center is the Kale (citadel)
which is truly ancient, dating back
some 9000 years. Clustered around it
are some historic neighborhoods which
preserve some old stone houses among
the characterless modern ones.
The Coppersmiths' Bazaar (Bakırcılar
Çarşısı) on the south side of
the Kale has been spruced up and
is well worth some time. Coppersmiths
and other artisans work at their
crafts in the narrow streets, now
shaded by modern coverings from the
intense sun and infrequent rains.
The Archeological Museum holds
the Roman mosaics
recovered from the inundation of ancient Zeugma by
a dam project. The new museum,
built at a cost of US$30 million specifically
with the mosaics in mind, opened in
2011 and is simply spectacular—a must-see.
In fact, it's probably the reason you're
visiting Gaziantep (besides those pistachios.)
Hasan Süzer Ethnographical Museum
The Hasan Süzer Ethnographic
Museum is an interesting
old restored Gaziantep house fully
furnished in the fashion of the late
19th and early 20th century.
—by Tom Brosnahan