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

Facts and figures


7642 km2


1 931 836


Gaziantep Baklava is certified with EU’s PGI label (protected geographical indication)


Antep pistachios is considered as the “green gold” of the region


Winner of EDEN award “Local Tourism and Gastronomy” 

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About Gaziantep


Coordinator for Gaziantep Creative City