Gaziantep is one of the modern provinces of the
region and also one of the oldest of Hittite origin. Being the center of
pistachio nut cultivation in Turkey and with its extensive olive groves and
vineyards, Gaziantep is one of the important, industrial centres of Turkey.
In the center of the city stands the Gaziantep
Fortress and the Ravanda citadel as the reminders of past. The Archaeological
Museum, with its important collections from Neolithic and the Hittite ages as
well as the Roman and Commagene times, attracts many visitors. The surroundings
of the city are also full of valuable Hittite remains. The Suzer House, which
has been restored to its original beauty, now houses the Ethnographical Museum.
The Yesemek Sculpture Workshop, 30 kms south of the town of Islahiye, is one of
the world's first of this kind. Some of the other historical remains are the
Belkis, and Kargamis Ruins by the town of Nizip. Dulluk which is close to the
city center is ideal for those who would like to rest in a natural setting
amidst forest and has camping facilities.
Gaziantep is famous for its three regional
specialties. First is the copper-ware products you will not want to pass up. The
delicious lahmacun (a kind of pizza) is the second, while the third is the sweet
pastry baklava, which Gaziantep makes the best in the world.
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