Bucket List: Top 10 Best Things to do in Gaziantep, Turkey

What are the top tourist spots in Gaziantep?

Gaziantep Castle via Pixabay

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

Gaziantep Zeugma Museum Gypsy mosaic photo via Wikipedia CC
Gaziantep Zeugma Museum Gypsy mosaic photo via Wikipedia CC

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 the year 2011, exhibiting 1,700 m2 mosaic collections, and holds the famous “Gypsy Girl” mosaic.

2. Gaziantep Castle

Gaziantep Castle via Pixabay
Gaziantep Castle via Pixabay

Situated on the mountain top at the heart of Gaziantep, the century-old Gaziantep Castle was originally 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.

3. Baklava

Baklava
Baklava

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 purpose of the museum 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

Gaziantep Archaeological Museum Grave replica by Dosseman via Wikipedia CC
Gaziantep Archaeological Museum Grave replica by Dosseman via Wikipedia CC

For the history enthusiast, don’t miss the chance on stopping by at Gaziantep Archaeological Museum. The museum originally holds the mosaic collections that were transferred to the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, including the “Gypsy Girl” mosaic that was extracted in the year 1998. Today, 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 interesting display of art, 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)

Elmaci Pazari
Elmaci Pazari

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

Gaziantep Zoo by Kanliercan via Wikipedia CC
Gaziantep Zoo by Kanliercan via Wikipedia CC

Other than the historical places and museums, the Gaziantep Zoo is another must-visit, especially with kids. Established in the year 2001, the large facility now houses 90 species of birds in its 400 square meters aviary, and also houses 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.

9. Rumkale

Rumkale by orientalizing via Flcikr CC
Rumkale by orientalizing via Flcikr CC

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 that was 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.

References

  • 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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