Gaziantep is a city in Southeastern Anatolia.

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Gaziantep Castle

First built by the Romans this castle was a major battle ground during World War I as well as the Turkish War of Independence. The museum showcases this well, even if the talk on national heroes might come off as a little too detailed and boring for non-Turks. The view from the top of the castle is worth the entrance itself.

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Hotel Burak

It is a good hotel, in a perfect location. In February 2010, it was possible to bargain the price from the original 45 TL down to 35 TL, including the dinner and a very good breakfast. Obtaining the reduction will depend on the season, the manager, and the ability to bargain.

Zeugma Mosaic Museum

Opened in 2011, Zeugma Museum hosts stunning mosaics excavated at the nearby '''Zeugma''' (50 km east of Gaziantep), a city of antiquity known for its pontoon bridge crossing the Euphrates, and is now submerged under the waters of the Birecik Dam.

St. Mary's Armenian Church

Grand old Armenian Church with white stone walls with black checkered edges. The church was converted to Kurtulus Mosque after the Armenian Genocide but architecturally remains nearly intact. Right in the center of the city.

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Yunus Hotel

Two stars in city centre with very clean rooms and free Wi-Fi. Staff are exceptionally friendly, although there is not a lot of English.

Hotel Evin

Not the most sparkling of hotels, but absolutely acceptable and with a private bathroom, satellite TV and Wi-Fi.

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Archaeological Museum

This local archaeological museum, which also has a small cafe inside, is wheelchair accessible.

Cuisine Museum

Interesting museum on traditional Turkish cuisine and tools used for food preparation.

About Gaziantep

Set in the western reaches of the Southeastern Anatolian plateau, Gaziantep is a surprisingly large (with a population of almost 2,000,000) and modern city.

Among the locals, the city is informally known by its old name, Antep. The honorific gazi (Turkish for "veteran"), now an official part of the name, was added in 1921 in honour of the fierce resistance of the locals against the French (who ruled the neighbouring Syria between 1920 and 1946) who occupied the city for a number of months in 1921, after the Ottoman Turkey and its allies lost the World War I. G.Antep, which can often be seen on some signs, is a compromise between the shorter, colloquial name, and the longer, official form.

Source: wikivoyage