Gaziantep is one of the oldest cultural centers in the southeastern Anatolian region. The city is just located 127 kilometres by road north of Aleppo, Syri. It is the sixth-most populous city in Turkey, with a population of over 1.3 million, and also one of the country's most important agricultural and industrial centres.
The history of the city extends to 4000 BC, when most civilizations were found on the surrounding lands. It is located between the Mesopotamia and Mediterranean and stands at the intersection point of the roads connecting east to south and north to west. It is also located on the historic Silk Road. The province of Gaziantep hosts discoveries, creations and structures from various periods throughout history and, besides its cultural riches, Gaziantep is a tourist's paradise thanks to its natural beauties, geography, rich variety of food and shopping options.
Zincirli Bedesten is the Ottoman era covered bazaar of Gaziantep and was built in 1781. This bazaar was used as a wholesale market hall for red pepper, spices, meat, fruit and vegetables in the city. On the subject of food, Gaziantep's cuisine is very different to those in other parts of Turkey. The difference is visible in its rice meals, soups, kebabs, köfte (meatballs) and in much more besides etc.
Two teams from Gaziantep participate in Turkey's professional leagues. Gaziantespor compete in the Super League, while Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediyespor are involved in the second tier. Both teams play their home matches in the Kamil Ocak Stadium, which opened in 1974 and has a capacity of 16,981.