Gaziantep

Gaziantep castle

Gaziantep is a city in Southeastern Anatolia.

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Set in the western reaches of the Southeastern Anatolian plateau, Gaziantep is a surprisingly large (with a population of almost 2,000,000) and modern city.

Among the locals, the city is informally known by its old name, Antep. The honorific gazi (Turkish for “veteran”), now an official part of the name, was added in 1921 in honour of the fierce resistance of the locals against the French (who ruled the neighbouring Syria between 1920 and 1946) who occupied the city for a number of months in 1921, after the Ottoman Turkey and its allies lost the World War I. G.Antep, which can often be seen on some signs, is a compromise between the shorter, colloquial name, and the longer, official form.

Map of Gaziantep

Gaziantep Airport. 15 km from city center. You can reach the city center from the airport with the Havaş shuttle service (9 lira, departs after most incoming flights)

The bus station (otogar) of the city is quite a few kilometers out of town. It is connected to city centre by local public buses, which cost 0.95 TL one-way.

Buses from Mersin on the Mediterranean coast in the west take around 5 hours and cost 25 TL, while the service from Urfa in the east takes 4 hours and also costs 25 TL.

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