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Gaziantep has a total of 14 museums, each focused on a different aspect of the province’s rich history and culture accumulated over the centuries. This feature makes Gaziantep a veritable “city of museums”.

Zeugma Mosaic Museum: The Zeugma Mosaic Museum is described as the largest mosaic museum in the world, as exhibited here are 2,248 m2 restored mosaics and 140 m2 frescoes; and also fountains, columns, sarcophagi, and other building elements.  Zeugma was one of the most prominent cities of its time, and the museum displays bring it to life as far as possible,  giving visitors a real sense of what it was like. 

The Archaeology Museum: The Gaziantep Archaeology Museum, with 450 m2 of exhibition space, displays the moveable artifacts found in the area in sequence, as a “chronological museum”. The museum houses approximately 2000 exhibits, which demonstrate the chronology of Gaziantep.

Hasan Süzer Ethnography Museum: The Hasan Süzer Ethnography Museum contains exhibits relating to the traditional Gaziantep lifestyle, and is housed in a historical building whose every brick holds a memory. This museum building is a typical example of an Antep house, one of the most important cultural elements of Gaziantep. Its architecture was suited to the functional and self-contained way of life of its inhabitants, meeting all the needs of a three-generational family from the past, living together under one roof.

Bayazhan City Museum: The Beyazhan is an impressive building, inside which almost every historical and cultural aspect of the city can be seen. Through effective audio and visual material, the Beyazhan museum informs visitors about historical buildings in the city, popular culture, daily life, and traditions and customs.   It is a visitor service complex in which people can get detailed insights into the subjects covered by the mueum through displays which engage all the senses.

Museum of Cultural History: The museum covers an area of 450 m2, houses nearly 550 exhibits, and gives information, accompanied by original artifacts, on cultural life in Gaziantep from the earliest period to the present. Using information panels and electronic visual aids, the museum guides visitors through the cultural history of Gaziantep, explaining the tastes, customs, and artistic sensibilities of the city’s people.

Emine Göğüş Cuisine Museum: Gaziantep is renowned for the variety, originality and tastiness of its cuisine, and the Emine Göğüs Cuisine Museum on Sadık Dai Street in the city’s Kalealtı quarter acquaints visitors with the city’s rich dining tradition. In this typical old Antep house, the museum showcases the ingredients, utensils and table settings used in Antep cuisine, and local cooking and dining customs.  

The Gaziantep Defence and Kahramanlık Panorama Museum: The Gaziantep Defence and Panorama Museum is inside the castle, in the restored gallery section in which the dungeons are located. It reveals the heroic fight put up by the people of Antep; with statues of the partisan bands, craftspeople, doctors, women and children who took part in the Defence of Gaziantep, and reliefs depicting the dramatic events of the period.

Gaziantep War Museum: The Şahinbey War Museum is housed in a historic Antep house next to the Şehitler Park in Şehreküstü, one of Gaziantep’s oldest neighbourhoods. The museum lays bare in a striking manner the unknown aspects of the illustrious defence of Antep, which earned the regard of even the occupying armies. With 850 m2 of covered space, the museum contains 12 rooms, a large courtyard and a cave of approximately 350 m2

Gaziantep Mevlevi Lodge Foundation Museum: The museum situated in the Tekke Camii külliye (social complex attached to a mosque) occupies two buildings. The 400-year-old building was used for a long time as a Mevlevihane before being restored by the Regional Directorate of Foundations and opened as the Gaziantep Mevlevihane Foundation Museum, in which many items belonging to the foundation are exhibited. The museum has 366 m2 of covered area containing a total of 127 items, 102 of which are on display. Exhibits in the museum include: in the Calligraphy room, 11 calligraphy panels and 18 Korans; in the Clocks and Ethnographic Artefacts room, 7 stamp seals, 4 grandfather clocks, 2 Korans, 1 kilim and one lectern; in the Kilim hall, 5 carpets and 10 kilims;in the Carpet hall, 21 carpets.

Medusa Glassware Museum: Medusa, the mythological character who turned those who looked upon her face to stone, was the inspiration for the first private glassware museum in Turkey. The Medusa Glassware Museum is housed in three restored old Antep houses on Şakir Street in the Seferpaşa neighbourhood of Kalealtı. The structure was built in the 1930s of the local white limestone, and contains the museum, an antiques sales room, telkarı (“silver filigree”) room and glass bead workshop.

Saklı Konak Copperware Museum: The Saklı Konak Copperware Museum, located in an old mansion near Gaziantep Castle, is the first private copperware museum in Turkey. It houses about 1060 pieces that were crafted by coppersmiths during the Ottoman period. Artefacts displayed in the museum include: plates, ewers, cauldrons, bowls, trays, pails, jugs, scales, radios, Ottoman era rifles and bayonets, daggers and swords.

The Game and Toy Museum: The Game and Toy Museum is housed in an old 3-storey building in Bey Mahallesi, one of Gaziantep’s historical districts. 591 pieces dating from 1700-1970 are on display in the museum, which was put together under the guidance of Sunay Akın.  In addition to the exhibits, there are also workshops which help children develop their manual skills.

A Living Museum in the Historical Gümrük Han: The “Living Museum in the Historical Gümrük Han” has been opened in this centuries-old, recently restored building located in Uzun Çarşı, in order to publicize handicrafts which face extinction and pass them on to new generations, Among the traditional handicrafts on display here are: silver and coppersmithing; kilim weaving; yemeni (flat leather shoes) making; mother-of-pearl inlay; the weaving of woolen aba and colourful silk/cotton kutnu and alaca cloths; carpentry and woodcarving; mosaic; prayer bead manufacture; and the Antep embroidery done by local women.

Yesemek Open Air Museum and Sculpture Workshop: This museum is located on the hill of Karatepe in the village of Yesemek, 22 km southeast of İslâhiye. More than 300 unfinished stone statues were uncovered during excavations here, most of them lions intended as gateposts. Among the half-finished statues on display here are sphinxes, a bear-man, a war chariot, mountain men representing the Amanos Mountains, reliefs of hunting scenes, and building blocks. The vast scale of the Yesemek Open Air Museum (a former Hittite quarry), and the number of sculptors who must have worked here, underlines the importance of art to the people who lived in the region at that time.


Gaziantep Castle is one of the best-preserved and most impressive castles in Turkey. Magnificent and imposing, cloaked in the secrets of its history, it stands guard over Gaziantep from its highly visible position in the middle of the city, on a 25-30- meter-high mound on the south bank of the Alleben Stream. The castle was first built as a Roman watchtower on top of the tumulus. It took its present form in the 6th century during the rule of Byzantine Emporer Justinian, known as the “castle builder”. It measures about 100 meters across, and 1200 m around its perimeter, which is shaped like an irregular circle. There are 12 towers on the ramparts. Gaziantep’s spectacular castle is well-worth visiting for a closer look.


The Gaziantep Planetarium and Science Center is Turkey’s first planetarium. It has 3,500 m2 of covered area and 1,500 m2 of open air space, and is situated in the 100. Yıl Atatürk Culture Park. 

The planetarium is a special kind of hall for watching informative and entertaining presentations about astronomy and space. These are projected onto the planetarium’s spherical dome, which has a diameter of 10.6 m.  Watching the show is an enjoyable way of way of learning more about earth and its position in the universe.


The Botanical Garden covers an area of 17,000 m2, and has more than 30,000 plants of 750 species. It provides both research opportunities for students and a peaceful environment for visitors to relax in. 

Different groups of plants are found in specially designed areas: the Rock Garden, the Gymnosperm Garden, the Colour and Scent Garden, Medicinal and Endemic Plants; the Ottoman Garden, Zen Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden and Aquatic Plants Garden.


Turkey’s first amusement theme park covers an area of 95,000 m2. Visitors of all ages will enjoy Parkantep, which has many fun rides including: a “tunnel of fear”, rafting, water flume, a drop tower, car racing and rally, rollercoaster, and miniature train ride.


The 280,000 m2 Şahinbey Park contains Miniatürk, an amusement park with models of 20 famous buildings; a cable car lift and funicular; amphitheater; and “dancing fountains”. 

The miniature buildings in Miniatürk include the Selimiye Mosque, Çanakkale Monument, Leander’s Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, St. Antoine Church, the Süleymaniye Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Hagia Sophia Mosque, Anıtkabir, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Mostar Bridge (Bosna Hersek), the Mehmet Ali Pasha Mosque (Egypt), the Taj Mahal (Hindistan), Kubbet-ül Sahra (Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The cable car in the park affords visitors a bird’s eye view of these attractions.


Turkey’s largest wildlife sanctuary and recreation area is in Gaziantep in the Burç Forest. The area contains 264 species and 6,814 individual animals. The zoo covers an area of approximately 1,000 m2, making it the largest in Turkey and one of the largest in the world. Its 21-section aquarium is one of the two biggest in the world, and there is also a monkey house, camel and llama house, horse stable, kangaroo enclosure, giant aviaries and areas for predators. 3,720 birds of 90 different species occupy the 400 m² cage, which has specially heated areas to house tropical birds. The aquarium covers an area of 1200 m², holds 450 tons of water and has both marine and freshwater species.  It contains 2,950  fish of 74 species. Visitors can easily see all areas of the zoo by taking the train, or a nostalgic carriage ride around it.


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  • Çolaklar Stone Bridge
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    If you want to visit the ancient Roman bridge, head back towards the village of Yelliburun and as you pass the village of Şahmaran on your right, you will come to Çolaklar village. About 20 km from Yesemek Open Air Museum, and 1.5 km southeast of Çolaklar village, in an isolated spot in the middle of nowhere, lies a stone bridge, known as the Çolaklar Roman Stone Bridge. 

    The bridge, built over the Karasu brook, nowadays is only frequented by fishermen, shepherds and their flocks. On either side of the bridge there are the remains of a Roman road, also made from basalt stone. If you want to visit the bridge, the rocky terrain means you must be prepared to walk for about 500 m after you have parked your vehicle.

  • Muhammed Beledi Tomb
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    The tomb of Muhammed Beledi can be found on Beledi Hill in the neighbourhood of Sam. In the second half of the 15th century, Muhammed Beledi, hearing about Sheikh Sam, comes to visit him. It is said that following this meeting, a strong bond develops between the two. 

  • Menzil Inn
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    The recently restored Menzil Han is composed of two parts. Rough hewn limestone has been used on the exterior of the han.


  • Sof Plateau
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    Continuing on towards Nurdağı, 5 km after the village of Yeşilce, head left and 7 km after the village of Işıklı you will come to the Sofdağı Plateau.

    The highest peak of the Sofdağ mountains is called Kepekçi Hill, where the air is pure and rich in oxygen. The Sofdağı Mountains are the source of more than 20 freshwater courses, such as Gerdek Spring, Cennet Spring and Börek Spring.

  • Hurşit Ağa Mansion
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    One km to the west of Sakçagözü Waterfall lies Hurşit Ağa Mansion which recently suffered damage in a fire rendering it unfit for use. The building was used as military quarters during the War of Independence and as a refuge for the Ottoman soldiers during the First World War.

  • Nurdağı Castle
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    After heading west for approximately 4 km on the old Adana road, you will come to Nurdağı Castle in the district of Nurdağı.

    In the castle there are ornamental ponds, model animals, a children’s play area, and a traditional nomad tent decorated with wooden carvings and set up like an authentic wedding hall to demonstrate the local culture.

  • Fevzipaşa Train Station
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    Continuing on towards the district of İslahiye in a southwesterly direction, you will see on the right the historical Fevzipaşa Train Station which is used to shelter retired trains. 

    The building was constructed by German engineers as part of the Hicaz (Hejaz) Railroad Project.

  • Çerçil Castle
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    If you want to leave the prescribed route and visit one of the region’s alternative cultural treasures, we recommend a climb to Çerçil Castle.

    Heading away from the village of Yelliburun in a westerly direction for 10 km, you will arrive at Çerçil Castle, which is situated 600 m southwest of Çerçil village, and sits at the top of a natural hill. Some of the important findings from the castle are coloured ceramic pieces, showing that the settlement dates from the Middle Ages. The road that stretches from the İslahiye plains to the inner side of the Amanos mountains passes through the footslopes of the hill on which the castle sits. This suggests that the castle, for a period, held a position of strategic importance. If you want to see the castle ruins at the top, you should be prepared for an arduous climb of approximately one hour through dense shrubland.

  • Sheikh Sam Tomb
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    In the centre of the neighbourhood of Sam lies the tomb of Abdurrahman Erzincani, known as Sheikh Sam. It is said that Yavuz Sultan Selim stayed near the village of Sam on his way to the Egyptian campaign, and whilst there, met Sheikh Sam.

    Based on a dream he had, Sheikh Sam gave promises of victory in Egypt and sent Yavuz Sultan Selim on his way with blessings. On his return from the campaign, Yavuz awards the tithes received from the village of Sam to the sheikh and has a inn and mosque built in the village.

  • Erikçe Forest
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    If you choose the religious section of the tour which includes some of the region’s tombs and historical mosques, then continue on the old Adana road to the district of Sam, 14 km from the city centre