Gaziantep Turkey

From Antakya, going to Gaziantep and arrived at hotel GAZIANTEP at night.

From Antakya, going to Gaziantep and arrived at Tugcan Hotel Gaziantep at the night.

View from the hotel room.

View from the hotel room.

The next morning, I walked around the town for a few hours with this map.

Gaziantep town map

Gaziantep town map

Gaziantep (called Antep) is a city in the western part of Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Region, some 185 kilometres east of Adana and 97 kilometres north of Aleppo, Syria.

Around the Tuscan Hotel Gaziantep

Around the Tuscan Hotel Gaziantep

Gaziantep is the sixth most populous city in Turkey. In 2014 the city had a population of 1,465,019.

Entering a narrow alley.

I wandered into a narrow alley.

A bazar appeared suddenly.

A bazar appeared suddenly. The map that I got in the hotel did not help.

Bazar in the old town of Gaziantep, a lot of Spices.

Bazar in the old town of Gaziantep, a lot of Spices.

Gaziantep is famous for its regional specialities: Copper-ware and “Yemeni” sandals, specific to the region, are two examples.

Craftsman has created something.

Craftsman has created something.

Craftsmen of coppersmith

Craftsmen of coppersmith

Left the bazar, through some narrow alleys, I eventually arrived at an old castle.

Gaziantep castle

Gaziantep castle

Gaziantep Castle was first built by the Hittite Empire as an observation point and later built into a main castle by the Roman Empire on top of a hill in the center of Gaziantep in 2nd and 3rd century AD.

Entrance of Gaziantep Castle

Entrance of Gaziantep Castle

The circumference of the round shaped castle is 1200 meters. The walls are built of stone and the castle consists of 12 towers.

Inside of the Gaziantep Castle. I do not like these statues.

Inside of the Gaziantep Castle. I do not like these statues.

Views from Gaziantep Castle

Views from Gaziantep Castle

Şirvani Mosque, view from the Gaziantep Castle

Şirvani Mosque, view from the Gaziantep Castle. I decided to go to this mosque.

Şirvani Mosque, the oldest in the city, is located in southwest of the Gaziantep Castle.

Şirvani Mosque Gaziantep

Şirvani Mosque Gaziantep

The Mosque is also called the İki Şerefeli Camii (Double balcony Mosque) because its minaret has two balconies unlike conventional mosques which have only one.

Interior of Şirvani Mosque

Interior of Şirvani Mosque; It’s really beautiful.

Left Şirvani Mosque and past the front of a hammam (Turkish bath), I entered a narrow street again.

The hammam. Turkish families do shopping happily. A quiet street for Turkey.

The hammam. Turkish families do shopping happily. A quiet street for Turkey.

Run out of time, I must come back to the hotel in a hurry and go to the next didtination of the town of Şanlıurfa (Urfa).

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