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Gaziantep Turkey

Gaziantep - Turkey Gaziantep is the capital city of the Gaziantep Province in Turkey. It is amongst the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The city has two central districts under its administration, Şahinbey and Şehitkamil, and the metropolitan area has a total population of 1,341,054 as of 2010. Gaziantep is the sixth largest city in Turkey and the largest city in the country's Southeastern Anatolia Region. Gaziantep is the probable site of the Hellenistic city of Antiochia ad Taurum (Antiochia in the Taurus Mountains). The ruins of the Doliche lie a few kilometers to the north of the city center and they are located in the natural setting of a forest designated a recreational area with picnic and camping facilities. Gaziantep is one of the most developed provinces of the region and is also one of the oldest, its history reaching as far back as the Hittites. Being the center of pistachio cultivation in Turkey including extensive olive groves and vineyards, Gaziantep is one of the important agricultural and industrial centres of Turkey.

Gaziantep is famous for its regional specialities such as copper-ware products and the Yemeni slippers that are specific to the region. The city is an economic center for South Eastern and Eastern Turkey. The number of large industrial businesses established in Gaziantep comprise four percent of Turkish industry in general, while small industries comprise six percent. Also Gaziantep has the largest organized industrial area in Turkey and holds first position in exports and imports. Gaziantep also has a developing tourist industry. Development around the base of the castle upgraded the beauty and accessibility to the castle and to the surrounding copper workshops. New restaurants and tourist friendly businesses are moving into the area. In comparison with some other regions of Turkey, tourists are still a novelty in Gaziantep and the locals make them very welcome. Many students studying the English language are willing to be guides for tourists. Gaziantep is also one of the leading producers of machined carpets in the world. It exported almost $700 million dollars of machine-made carpets in 2006. There are over 100 carpet factories in the Gaziantep Organized Industrial Zone.

Gaziantep Oğuzeli International Airport is a public airport in Gaziantep, Turkey built in 1976 twenty kilometers from the city. The passenger terminal of the airport covers an area of 5.799 m² and has a parking lot for 400 cars. Gaziantep Airport extended construction in 1998 and achieved an international airport status in 2006.


Region: Mediterraean
Province: Gaziantep Province
Beach: No
Marina: No
Hotels: Yes
Video: Yes
Airport: Gaziantep Oğuzeli International Airport
English language website: gaziantep-information.com


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