Located southest of the Anatolia Region in Turkey, Gaziantep is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It has a history dating back to the Paleolithic Period (site of Doliche) and is home to Hittite, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuq and Ottoman layers. Due to its special location on the Silk Road, the city has grown rapidly after it passed into Ottoman reign in 1516. During this period, the city became a centre where not only goods and money but also beliefs, traditions, thoughts and scientific knowledge were exchanged.
On the strength of its strong history, Gaziantep is then one of the top destinations in Turkey’s south-eastern region and has much to offer in term of culture to domestic and international visitors. Thus, Gaziantep is home of over 18 museums, including the now internationally-known Zeugma archaeological site and Mosaic Centre, the biggest mosaic museum in the world. Bayazhan Gaziantep City Museum, Emine Göğüş Culinary Museum, Defense and Heroism Panorama Museum, Game and Toy Museum, Ataturk Memorial Museum, Archaeological Museum, Hasan Suzer Ethnography Museum, Mevlevihane and Foundation Art Museum, Medusa Glass Art Museum, Turkish Bath museum, Şahinbey War Museum, Hidden Mansion Copper Art Museum, Şahinbey Municipality Islam, Science and Technology History Museum, Yesemek Open Air Museum and Sculpture Workshop, Dülük Ancient City competed the list of the cultural attractions of the city. Zeugma and Yesemek archeological sites are on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List since 2012.
Having an important place among the developing cities in the world, Gaziantep is an important city that creates awareness. Community facilities, parks, tram lines for convenient transportation, urban double roads, intersections, well-equipped hospitals, 4-5 stars and boutique hotels, new houses for urban renewal, shopping centres, exclusive shops, Turkey’s first civilian science centre, Turkey’s largest zoo, food, textile, agriculture, livestock, jewellery, international exhibition centre, all these values of the city have played a major role in gaining city’s’ own identity.
Contribution to the network
As a Creative City of Gastronomy, Gaziantep envisages:
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nurturing intercultural dialogue through the Kitchens in Districts project aimed at establishing fully equipped kitchens for people with low economic resources to both cook and share their know-how with other denizens
enhancing social inclusion through the Atelier Without Obstacles project by offering vulnerable groups and disabled people training courses on the creation and management of creative enterprises
encouraging multi-levels cooperation by conducting research and collecting data with other Creative Cities of Gastronomy, notably on the history of the ancient Silk Road’s food culture
organizing an International Festival of Gastronomy to share experiences and know-how with other Creative Cities of Gastronomy