Hotels - Discover Turkeys Lesser Known Attractions

By: Gill Critchley

Turkey is a very popular tourist destination and millions of people flock to the county every year for their holidays.

Even with this popularity, Turkey's far southeast and its more historical regions are beautiful areas that people tend not to visit.

The historical region of the Gaziantep province at first glance appears to be a large industrial and modern city, but its history dates back 4,000 years. Its original name was Ayintap and during times such as; Hittite, Roman and Babylonian, it was a significant settlement.

The city is situated at the crossroads between many other areas and as a result of its location, Gaziantep has had many influences. The old city centre is known for its stone houses complete with traditional features. In the city centre there is a 6th - century Gaziantep Fortress and Ravanda citadel with watchtowers, there is also the Mehmet Gazali Tomb and a bath house. As well as this list of stunning buildings to visit, the city also has its Archaeological Museum which contains artefacts from the area's many different and influential periods, including some relics from Roman times. This is one of the finest museums of its kind in Turkey. If you are visiting the monolithic sculptural remains in Mount Nemrut, Gaziantep is a good stopping-off point for a day trip.

If you are interested in visiting Gaziantep in Turkey you could stay in Anadolu Evleri: The Anatolian Houses. This is a city centre hotel that has been created from four of the traditional stone houses. Being able to stay in traditional hotels in Turkey, especially one in such a historical area, will really help to enhance your trip.

Another of the area's hotels you could consider staying in is the Antique Belkis Han Hotel. This is one of the more central hotels and is located in the heart of the city. It is therefore a good choice if you want the convenience of staying in the centre.

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