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 Gaziantep Turkey The city of Gaziantep in the south-east Turkish province of Gaziantep was until recently best known for its highly developed industrial areas and pistachio nuts as well as baklava. Gaziantep is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Gaziantep is also the sixth largest city in Turkey and becoming a top destination for tourists. Because of the ancient archaeological sites of Zeugma and the castle fortress of Rumkale there has been extensive archaeological team work done in the area which has provided for a wealth of ancient artifacts and museums to exhibit them.

Gaziantep Archaeology Museum hosts ceramic pieces from Neolithic Age, various objects, figures, seals from the Calcolithic and Bronze Ages, stone and bronze objects, jewellery, ceramics, coins, glass objects from the Urartu, Hittite, Persian, Roman and Byzantine periods. Hasan Suzer Ethnography Museum has the old life style decoration and collections of various weapons, documents, instruments used in the defense of the city as well as the photographs of local resistance heroes. Yesemek Open Air Museum is located in the village known by the same name, close to Islahiye District of Gaziantep. It is the largest open air sculpture workshop in the Near East where the ruins in the area date back to Hittites.The remains of the old city of Belkis (Zeugma) are located in Kavunlu village which is 10 kilometers away from Nizip district of Gaziantep. These remains date back to the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times.

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Gaziantep Citadel, located in the center of the city, displays the historical past and architectural style of the city. Although the history of the castle is a mystery, as a result of the archaeological excavations conducted there, bronze age settlement layers are thought to exist under the existing surface of the soil. The Emine Göğüş Cuisine Museum Gaziantep, Turkey’s first museum dedicated to cuisine, is situated in a historical stone house in the south-eastern city of Gaziantep. A decade and a half after Ali Göğüş, Turkey’s first tourism minister, bought the house where he was born and donated it to the public on the condition it would be turned into the Emine Göğüş Cuisine Museum, after the minister’s mother. Housed in a stone building constructed in 1904 by Kethüdazade Göğüş İbrahim Efendi. Gaziantep Mayor Asım Güzelbey has plans to turn an old building next to the museum into a cooking school complex which will train chefs and at the same time serve as a restaurant. Gaziantep is known for its culinary specialties – a mix created by Kurdish, Arabic, Assyrian and Turkish influences.

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