Divan Suites Gaziantep
Divan Suites Gaziantep
Divan Suites Gaziantep a luxury hotel, celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Turkey’s Southeast region with authentic décor featuring original wall art and ceiling painting in traditional styles by talented artisans. From the beaten copper accents and crystal chandeliers in the lobby to the gold-leaf and scenes of historic Gaziantep that adorn the guest rooms, Divan Suites Gaziantep captures the region’s rich heritage as major destination along the Silk Road and an important trading centre during the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. The first Divan Suites hotel in Turkey, Divan Suites Gaziantep’s exotic ambiance is the perfect setting for business or leisure travel in Gaziantep, featuring 107 guestrooms and a Presidential Suite that combine quality, comfort and luxury. Located close to the city centre and providing easy access to Gaziantep International Airport, Divan Suites Gaziantep’s location on the legendary Silk Road makes it an exceptional base for exploring this exotic city. Fully-equipped with the latest technology, Divan Suites Gaziantep also provides excellent options for outstanding events and unforgettable weddings, offering spacious, fully-equipped meeting rooms and a 250 square metre (2,670 sq.ft.) ballroom. For unwinding after a long day or a get together with friends or colleagues the Cafe Divan and Lobby Lounge & Bar offer relaxing settings and extensive menus featuring a tempting combination of Divan classics and local specialties.
Divan Suites Gaziantep is located on the legendary Silk Road, the storied trade route along which caravans transported luxuries from East to West, precious cargoes of spices, incense, silks and more. Today, Divan Suites Gaziantep continues that tradition as an excellent base for business and leisure travellers in the city, ideally situated just 1.3 kilometres (3/4 mile) from the city centre and with excellent access to the business district and major organised industrial zones. Gaziantep International Airport, which is 23 kilometres (14 miles) away, can be reached in just 25 minutes by car.
Gaziantep, formerly known as Antep, is a city that combines a rich history stretching back well over 2,000 years with a vibrant present as one of Turkey’s fastest-growing economic centres. A key trading post on what came to be known as the Silk Road, the present-day city dates back to the Hittite era and was an important mercantile centre under a series of empires, including the Akkadians, Assyrians, Urartians, Babylonians, Persians, Macedonians, Parthians, Romans, Byzantines, Sassanids, Seljuks and Ottomans. The city is famed for its covered bazaars, where artisans practice the traditional art of copper-smithing for which Gaziantep is rightly famous. As you stroll the narrow lanes of its bazaars, you will find your strides begin to match rhythmic song of the smiths’ hammers as they beat intricate designs into fine copperware, everything from Turkish coffee pots to ornate trays to vases and even wall clocks. When you are ready for a break, sit down at a café and sample some of the pistachio baklava for which Gaziantep is renowned while you survey the exotic city-scape dominated by the Gaziantep Citadel, built by the Romans, restored in the 6th century A.D. by the Emperor Justinian and then largely rebuilt by the Seljuk Turks in the 12th and 13th centuries. From there, take a short taxi ride to the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum, home to some of the finest Roman mosaics in existence, including the famous “Gypsy Girl”, “Statue of Mars the God of War” and the “Birth of Venus”.
The Gaziantep Citadel, which is reputed to date back to the Roman era, dominates the centre of the city, its ramparts protectively surveying its surroundings. The citadel has been restored and rebuilt numerous times by virtually every kingdom and empire to rule the city, including the Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans. The citadel also houses a museum to the heroes who successfully defended the city against the French during the Turkish War of Independence.
The Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum is home to some of the best-preserved and most striking Roman mosaics in existence. Recovered from the Belkıs-Zeugma archaeological site, these mosaics are housed in what is the world’s largest museum devoted exclusively to mosaics. While the “Gypsy Girl” and the “Birth of Venus” are the highlights of the museum, its extensive collection includes mosaics of scenes from the Trojan War, Poseidon in his chariot and more.
The Gaziantep Museum houses an excellent collection of Hittite artefacts, most notably carvings and statuary. The museum also has an impressively large and diverse collection of ancient seals, which shed light on the way that business and government operated in ancient times.
The Bakırcılar Çarşısı, or Coppersmiths’ Bazaar, is an extensive collection of inter-linked open-air and covered bazaars located just south of the Gaziantep Citadel. While the workshops of coppersmiths who give the bazaar its name dominate the Zincirli Bedestan or souk portion of the bazaar, it is also overflowing with stalls selling brightly collared spices, local delicacies and, of course, carpets and jewellery.
Alaüddevle Mosque was built in the 15th century by the Dulkadirid ruler, Alaüddevle Bozkurt Bey. The only remaining part of the original mosque is its minaret, which is noteworthy for its Mamluk decorations. The mosque itself was built at the beginning of the 20th century under the direction of the architect Amenak by the master stonemason Kirko.
Kendirli Church, located in the centre of modern Gaziantep, was built in 1860 by French missionaries funded by Napoleon III. A testimony to the spirit of tolerance and hospitality that characterizes Turkey, the church is notable for the black and white medallions that decorate it.