Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 9.12.1988 List Reference: 485 Criteria: Natural/ Cultural   SACRED LAND CLAD IN WHITE According to the legend that spread the mystery of Hierapolis to the wide world, an ugly shepherd girl, fed Click More »

Göreme National Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

Cappadocia Baloon   Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 357 Criteria:Natural/ Cultural   DESIGNED BY NATURE: CAPPADOCIA Cappadocia, which was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 on natural and cultural criteria, Is Click More »

Selimiye Mosque and it’s Social Complex

EDIRNE Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 27.06.2011 List Reference: 1366 Criteria : Cultural A Master work of Classical Ottoman Architecture Edirne was the capital of the Ottoman Empire prior to the Click More »

Nemrut Mountain

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1987 List Reference: 448 Criteria: Cultural   THE SUN RISES AND SETS WITH A UNIQUE MAJESTY AT NEMRUT MOUNTAIN! The Nemrut mountain side with the tumulus containing the tomb of King Antiochus Click More »

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 356 Criteria: Cultural   Love of Continents: ISTANBUL The historical areas of Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Click More »

Hattusa The Capital City of Hittites

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 28.11.1986 List Reference: 377 Criteria: Cultural   OPEN-AIR MUSEUM Hattusha, which was the capital of the Hittite Empire during antiquity, has been in the List of World Heritage since 1986 on cultural Click More »

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985   List Reference: 358 Criteria: Cultural     THE MOSQUE WHERE STONES WERE DRESSED WITH LOVE   The first Turkish building inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Great Mosque and Click More »

City of Safranbolu

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 17.12.1994 List Reference: 614 Criteria: Cultural   ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL Safranbolu, an Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and original houses, was inscribed Click More »

Turkey in World Heritage

Unesco World of Heritage List   Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.   Click More »


Hatay: Located at Turkey’s southern tip, Hatay is a center of civilization abounding in historical and cultural legacies in every corner. The city is positioned at the geographical location connecting Anatolia the Middle East and has an incomparable historical heritage Click More »


Sakarya: is one of Turkey’s fastest developing cities surrounded by a lush green landscape abounding in natural wonders. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the city has been one of the main settlements of major empires.  Naturally, Click More »


Van: Turkey’s sixth largest city and cultural legacy rich in history, monuments, natural beauty and unique flavors One of the border cities of Turkey, Van welcomes visitors from all over the world particularly for its culture and winter tourism. The Click More »


Rize is blessed with the most beautiful nature that has been preserved over the centuries. The fresh air of Rize has a regenerative effect on you with every breath you take. Located in the greenest area of Turkey, the Eastern Click More »

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses in Turkey Shopping is an indispensable part of our daily life. Outlet shops have become the addresses for cheaper shopping. Many brands manufacture cheaper products especially for their outlets. List of some outlet center Click More »


Balıkesir: Blessed with numerous islands where lush green forests stretch along the shores of the infinite sea, Balıkesir province is also the habitat of abundant olive groves. Founded by the Mysians in ancient times, Balıkesir has been one of the Click More »


Amasya:  The city where the Sultans’ sons were educated and the legendary city where Ferhad had to mine the mountains to reunite with his beloved Shirin, Amasya has been one of the major cities of many civilizations since the ancient Click More »


Mersin Mersin: One of the warmest and most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean region that can be visited for its authentic flavors and beautiful beaches any time of the year. Mersin is one of the most developed cities of the Click More »


Burdur Burdur: Located in the western part of the Mediterranean Region, Burdur is a major city where scenic beauties meet with historical archaeology Settled for the first time in 7000 BC, Burdur has been home to many civilizations and ancient Click More »


Yalova: Surrounded by the Marmara Sea, Yalova is a peaceful and relaxing city rich in thermal springs and abundant nature. It is estimated that Yalova was founded in the 7th century BC by Bithynians from Thrace. Yalova is rich in Click More »


Karabük Karabük is situated on an important trade route between Amasra on the coast and central Anatolia. Karabük is a town and the capital district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Karabük was built in the 1930s as the seat of the iron and steel Click More »


Zeugma:  This magnificent ancient city, the name of which means “gate,” was founded in 300 BC on the Seven Hills by Seleucus, one of the generals of Alexander the Great.

10 km away from Nizip a district of Gaziantep province, Zeugma is comprised of two ancient cities connected to each other through a bridge adjoining the two cities.

Formerly named “Euphrates
Selevkaya”, the city became known by the name “Zeugma” after entering the patronage of the Roman Empire.

Zeugma was an important trade center of the region located on the historical Silk Road, which used to be the most crucial trade route stretching from Antakya to China in the
ancient times.

Recognized for its Roman mosaics throughout the world and visited with curiosity by a great number of tourists, the ancient city is divided and examined in three sections referred to as
A, B, and C sections.

Near to the banks
of Birecik Dam, sections A and B of this ancient city have been flooded while section C including many ancient structures such as theaters and villas is intended to be turned into an open-air museum.

Shedding light on the
Roman period and its architecture the ruins of Zeugma embody a large cultural heritage. History enthusiasts should certainly not miss the opportunity to visit these fabulous monuments and impressive scenery on site.


Zeugma was established at the time of Alexander the Great and lived its heydays during the Roman period. The ancient site is particularly rich in relics such as sculptures, reliefs, and grave sets.
The bullas, also known as seal stamps, amounting to 100.000 in number have brought Turkey a world record for having the worldwide highest number of bullas registered in a museum. Made of terra cotta and decorated with depictions these bullas reveal the commercial relations and wealth of the period.
Another important reason why Zeugma was one of the most crucial four cities of the Roman Empire was that the 4th Legion was stationed here. The legion was in charge of protecting the shores of the Euphrates River.
It is believed that the mosaics of Zeugma, a.k.a City of Mosaics, will constitute the world’s largest mosaic collection displayed at Gaziantep museum after the excavations at Zeugma are completed. Adorned with valuable and artistic frescoes, mosaics and statues, the region is culturally highly developed.
The bronze statue of Mars, symbolizing abundance and power to the Romans, is one of the most intriguing findings of the excavations. The statue has undergone cleanup operations and is opened to visitation now.
Many precious mosaics brought to light during excavations in the region are displayed on site or in the Zeugma Mosaic Museum. The worldwide popular mosaic of the Gypsy (Gaia), with her misty and mysterious gaze, has become the symbol of Zeugma.
The mosaics of Triton, Dionysus and Nike, Antiope and the Satyr, Dionysus’sWedding, the Birth of Aphrodite, Achilles, Oceanus and Tethys as well as the mosaics of Love and Soul among others illustrate the great potential of this unique and valuable ancient city.
Supported by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism the Zeugma Archaeological Project is intended to protect the area and its surroundings and to shed light on the treasures of the region to provide the world with another world heritage.
The Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum, exhibiting the relics and mosaics of the area, is one of the most significant museums in the world. The site is a one of the must-see places for visitors in Gaziantep.
Vacationers intrigued by Zeugma and its mysteries should not miss the opportunity to visit and explore the region.


Zeugma is one of the major historical areas that has preserved its value from the past to the present. The festivals and various activities organized on site are aimed at increasing and promoting the value of the historical area.
The Zeugma Culture and Tourism Festival is aimed at increasing the number of the city’s social and cultural activities and sports facilities and contributing to activities concerning the protection of monuments.
Do not hesitate to visit this special heritage of the ancient times!

How can I get there?

A district of Gaziantep province, Zeugma is situated in a region offering various transportation alternatives.
The Gaziantep Airport can be reached via direct flight from Istanbul and Ankara. There are shuttles and busses that will take you to the ancient site in a short time.
Located at the highway intersection of the Southern Anatolian region, Gaziantep is situated on a route that can be reached via shuttle buses from nearly all major cities around Turkey. The shuttles and mini buses stationed at the bus terminal will take you to your destination.
Tourists who want to see one of the most important heritages of the world are more than welcome in Zeugma.