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ABOUT GAZIANTEP
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Gaziantep, the biggest city in southeastern Turkey and the sixth biggest city in Turkey, is one of the first settlements in Anatolia.

Ruins which belong to the Stone, Calcoholitic and Copper Age, Hittite, Mitani, Assyrian, Roman and Byzantine, Islam and Turkish - Islamic Period can be traced everywhere in the area.

The region was under the Hittite control in the 1700s BC. The ancient city of Duluk, which is in the north of the city today, was an important religious center of the Hittites. During the period of Caliph Omar as a result of the wars to spread the Islam out of the Arab Peninsula, the Moslem troops who defeated the Byzantine Army at Yermuk in 636 under the command of lyaz Bin Ganern captured the area. As a result, the people admitted Islam and the Omeriye Mosque was built in this period as a symbol of the conquest. After the Manzikert victory in 1071, Suleiman Shah conquered Antep and its surroundings in 1084 and annexed the area to the Seljuk Empire. On August 20, 1516, Yavuz Sultan Selim Khan came to Antep and stayed here for three days. After the Mercidabik Victory against Memaluks in 1516, the city came under the reign of the Ottoman Empire.

Gaziantep and the surrounding area, which was occupied by the French and English troops after WWl, received recognition everywhere in the world for its defense and unique heroism which amazed everybody.

The Turkish Grand National Assembly granted Antep the "GAZi" title on February 8, 1921 because of this achievement.

Gaziantep, which was called Ayintap, Antep, Kala-i Pusus, and Hantap, got its name from the depth of the history and the title from the Independence War which is full of heroism.

Gaziantep, which is a leader in trade and industry in the region, is an important city with its Independence War Memories, the rich historical and cultural surroundings, highways, international airport, train station, delicious foods, extraordinary handcrafts, mosques, fortresses, caravansaries, baths, tombs, churches, castles, plateaus, excursion and picnic places.

 

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