Gaziantep…what do you know about this city? Did you know it’s declared by UNESCO a city of gastronomic creativity as you can find more than 400 dishes in this city? We can only bet this will be a real foodie experience.
Pistachio is the key ingredient of all sweets in this area as it is well recognized that due to perfect climate Gaziantep’s pistachio tastes better than any other.
Nowadays, gastronomy remains the main driving force of the local economy. 49% of the enterprises are mainly dedicated to food, including spices, cereals, and dried fruits.
Also, did you knew that the secondworld largest mosaic museum is located in Gaziantep? Zeugma Mosaic Museum is a magnificent mosaic museum with its area of 30.000 square meters.
Besides its 1450 square meters of mosaics, 140 square meters of frescoes, 4 Roman fountains, 20 columns, 4 limestone sculptures, bronze statue of Mars, grave steles, and sarcophagi, when an additional 1000 square meters of mosaics are restored, the museum will have 2500 square meters of mosaics in total.
The most famous piece in the museum is undoubtedly Gypsy Girl mosaic. The other famous pieces; Fertility Goddess Demeter, Akratos, Okeanos, Euphrates, Tethys, Perseus-Andromeda, Herakles, Helios, Mars Statue, Dionysos, Telete, Skyrtos, Ariadne, Eros, Psykhe, Metiochus, Parthenope.
The history of Gaziantep dates back to the B.C. 5600 and it has been declared as one of the oldest cities in the world.
In terms of historic ages, after Calcoholitic, Paleolitic, Neolitic ages, the city has a rich history dating since Mesopotamia, Hittite, Assyrian, Persian, Alexanderian, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic Arab and Turkish-Islamic ages.
All this civilizations created an unique, multicultural and creative city, worth visiting and exploring.