Situated in one of the earliest settled areas of Anatolia, the point at which Mesopotamia meets the Mediterranean region, Gaziantep has been important in every age.
The province borders Syria, Kilis, Şanlıurfa, Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Osmaniye and Adıyaman and has been a center of attraction where various civilizations, cultures and belief have mixed throughout history. Gaziantep has experienced the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Hittite, Mitanni, Assyrian, Persian, Alexandrian, Seleucid, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Seljuk, Turkish-Islamic and Ottoman periods and preserves signs and artifacts of all these ages. The city has an extensive transportation network with an international airport, railway and roads linked to the motorway.
It is an industrial city which has assumed an important central position in Turkey’s trade with the Middle East, developed a distinctive pattern of industrialization, created potential and increased investments; and has also become a leading province in tourism with the increased investments in its cultural and tourism infrastructure in recent years.
With reminders of the Turkish War of Independence, rich history and culture, popular museums-especially the zeugma Mosaic Museum, a wealth of handicrafts, the unique Gaziantep Cuisine which has remained true to its origins and preserved the rich local flavors, ancient ruins and historical buildings, Gaziantep has made an impression as an important touristic destination in recent years.