It takes 1 hour 40 minutes (c.150 km) from Gaziantep to Şanlıurfa.
Şanlıurfa (often called “Urfa,” in ancient times “Edessa”) is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province.
Balikli Göl (fishpond) is an artificial pond in the city of Şanlıurfa southeastern Turkey.
According to the legend, Abraham was born and raised here, and that he incurred the wrath of King Nimrod when he not only declared war on idolatry but also won the heart of the king’s daughter, Zeliha. The King Nimrod sentenced Abraham to death, and a huge pyre was built in the middle of the city. Miraculously, just as Abraham was tossed into the fire, the flames were transformed into water and the logs into fish.
Since then, the Pool of Abraham and the carp that live in it have been considered sacred. The Pool of king’s daughter Zeliha is said to have been formed by Zeliha’s tears and it is said that anyone who eats the fishes will be struck blind.