Gaziantep Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in Gaziantep, Turkey
Popularly referred to as Antep, Gaziantep as one of the oldest cities in the world, is frequented by food and history enthusiasts tourists. The UNESCO Gastronomy City and the producer of the century-old handcrafted Yemeni footwear, Gaziantep Travel, has become a must on a travelers bucket list.
If you are ready to go on a Gaziantep Travel, here is the list of the top 10 best things to do in Gaziantep, Turkey.
1. Zeugma Mosaic Museum
One of the top tourist attractions in Gaziantep is the world-class Zeugma Mosaic Museum which is the largest mosaic museum across the world. The 32,000 sq. ft. museum opened its doors to the public in 2011, exhibiting 1,700 m2 mosaic collections and holding the famous “Gypsy Girl” mosaic.
2. Gaziantep Castle
Situated on the mountain top at the heart of Gaziantep, the century-old Gaziantep Castle was initially built as an observation area by the Hittite Empire and turned by the Roman Empire as a castle. Now the castle serves as the Gaziantep Defense and Heroism Panoramic Museum, showcasing the struggle and heroism of Gaziantep soldiers and people.
Your Gaziantep travel won’t be perfect without having a bite of the most popular dessert, Baklava. The delicious and nutritious pastry commonly made of phyllo dough, finely ground pistachios, butter, and syrup from melted sugar is a must-have for dessert when visiting Gaziantep. Baklava is usually bought in bulk by travelers to take back home.
4. Emine Gögüs Culinary Museum
Crowned by UNESCO as the world Gastronomy City, Gaziantep’s long gastronomic history dates back from the Iron Age is showcased at the Emine Gögüs Culinary Museum. The museum’s purpose is to exhibit Gaziantep Cuisine providing visitors an informative tour of the ancient Gaziantep Cuisine and several kitchen tools displayed in the facility.
5. Gaziantep Archaeological Museum
For the history enthusiast, don’t miss the chance to stop by at Gaziantep Archaeological Museum. The museum initially holds the mosaic collections transferred to the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, including the “Gypsy Girl” mosaic extracted in 1998. The museum houses historical artifacts from different civilizations, including Hittite, Persian and Roman artworks, Paleolithic artifacts, Bronze Age necropolis collections, and a mammoth skeleton.
6. Gaziantep Oyun ve Oyuncak Muzesi
If you are looking for an exciting art display, head to the Gaziantep Oyun ve Oyuncak Muzesi. The small yet quite lovely museum exhibits collection of old toys from Turkey, the USA, Europe, and other countries that dates back from 50 to 150 years ago. The admission is inexpensive and free for students.
7. Elmaci Pazari (Yemeni)
Before leaving Gaziantep, make sure to visit Elmaci Pazarri, which is the most recommended place to shop for authentic products in Antep. Buy some of the finest options of pistachio, walnut, hazelnut, dried apricots, and other 100% fresh products. Don’t miss the chance of testing quality pistachio, which is locally called Antep Fiskars. Other than pistachio, you can buy Gaziantep’s century-old shoes, “Yemeni,” which was the footwear used in the movie “Troy” starred by Brad Pitt, and the movie “Alexander.”
8. Gaziantep Zoo
Besides the historical places and museums, the Gaziantep Zoo is another must-visit, especially for kids. Established in 2001, the large facility now houses 90 species of birds in its 400 square meters aviary and 82 species of fish on a 1,200 square meters aquarium. Other animals can also be seen in the zoo, such as puma, lions, and reptiles.
Another must-visit tourist attraction in Gaziantep is Rumkale, which directly means “Roman Castle.” The castle is reachable by boats, where the sunken city can be seen beneath. Rumkale is a historical site used by the Assyrians, Byzantine and Armenian warlords, and Egyptians. Some of the monuments that can be seen in Rumkale are the remains of the fortress moat, water cistern, fortification walls, the Church of Saint Nerses, and the Barshavma Monastery.
10. Dulukbaba Tabiat Parki
After visiting the museums or shopping at Elmaci Pazari, head to Dulukbaba Tabiat Parki to relax and admire the beauty of nature. This spot is also perfect for a family picnic for its massive picnic ground with picnic tables and lush pond. You can enjoy your Baklava or Antep Fiskars while lounging in the area.
- Lee, (2019), 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Gaziantep, Planet Ware
- TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN GAZIANTEP, Far Flung Places
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