(685 km. southeast of Ankara) is located on a wide and fertile plain cultivated with extensive olive groves and vineyards and produces a wide variety of agricultural crops. It is especially known throughout Turkey for its excellent pistachios. Industry also contributes to the local econom
 

Relief of Teshup 
(Gazi Antep Archeology Museum)
The 36 towers of the city's fortress were originally constructed in the Justinian era and were later rebuilt by tyhe Seljuks. The Archaeology Museum has important artifacts from Neolitic, Hittite and Roman times. The Hasan Suzer House, from the turn of the century, has been beautifuly restored as the Ethnographical Museum. The artisans of Gazi Antep specialize in copperware and furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The kitchens there produce some of the best lahmacun, a delicious pizza topped with spicy met and herbs and also baklava, a honey and nut pastry.
   

Yasemek open-air Museum Gazi Antep
West of Gazi Antep, the Duluk Forest makes a good day's outing or you can stay overnight in the campsite. In the woods, stroll throug the archaeological site which dates back to prehistoric times  A Hittite school of sculpture was centered in Yesemek, where the 200 works of art still reveral the beauty of the Hittite period.
   
Next to the Syrian border, on the banks of the Firat River, Kargamis, once a late Hittite capital, is another important archaeological site. The Site's finds, including immense bas-reliefs, have been moved to the museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara.

Belkis (Zeugma) Gazi Antep
 
 
The ruins of Belkis (Zeugma) are on the edge of Nizip. There is a mound which was turned into a citadel and mosaics from the Roman period, which are well worth seeing.
 

 


Zeugma 
(Gazi Antep Archeology Museum)
 

From Gaziantep to Mardin