Place:Gaziantep, Turkey

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NameGaziantep
Alt namesGaziantepsource: Wikipedia
Gaziantep Ilisource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Gaziantep Vilayetisource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
Gażiantepsource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-60
Gażiantep provincesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeProvince
Coordinates37.0°N 37.333°E
Located inTurkey
See alsoGüneydoğu Anadolu,removed name of Region
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


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Gaziantep Province is a province in south-central Turkey. Its capital is the city of Gaziantep which had a population of 853,513 as of 2000. Its neighbours are Adıyaman at north, Şanlıurfa at east, Syria and Kilis at south, Hatay at southwest, Osmaniye at west and Kahramanmaraş at northwest.

An important trading center since ancient times, the province is also one of Turkey's major manufacturing zones, and its agriculture is dominated by the growing of pistachio nuts.

In ancient times, first the Hittites and later the Assyrians controlled the region. It saw much fighting during the Crusades, and Saladin won a key battle there in 1183. After World War I and Ottoman Empire's disintegration, it was invaded by the forces of the French Third Republic during the Turkish War of Independence. It was returned to Turkish control after the Treaty of Lausanne was signed, formally ending hostilities between Turkey and the Allies of World War I.

Originally known as Antep, the title gazi (meaning veteran in Turkish) was added to the province's and the provincial capital's name in 1921, due to its population's extraordinary courage during the Turkish War of Independence.

Kilis Province was formerly part of Gaziantep Province.

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