Gaziantep Province

Gaziantep Province (Turkish: Gaziantep ili) is a province in south-central Turkey. It is located in the westernmost part of Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia Region and partially in the Mediterranean Region. Its capital is the city of Gaziantep. It neighbours Adıyaman to the northeast, Şanlıurfa to the east, Syria and Kilis to the south, Hatay to the southwest, Osmaniye to the west and Kahramanmaraş to the northwest.

Gaziantep Province
Gaziantep ili
The city of Gaziantep
Barley field near Türkyurdu village
Dülükbaba Park
Amanos Mountains
Clockwise from top: The city of Gaziantep, a barley field near Türkyurdu village, Amanos Mountains, Dülükbaba Park, Rumkale
Location of Gaziantep Province in Turkey
Location of Gaziantep Province in Turkey
RegionSoutheast Anatolia
Largest CityGaziantep
 • Electoral districtGaziantep
 • GovernorDavut Gül[1]
 • Total6,819 km2 (2,633 sq mi)
 • Total2,130,432
 • Density310/km2 (810/sq mi)
Area code0342
Vehicle registration27
Landscape of the province of Gaziantep

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 under the power of Yamhad, then 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 the 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 actions during the Turkish War of Independence.

Kilis Province was part of Gaziantep Province until it separated in 1994. Turks are the majority in the province.[3]


Two major active geological faults meet in western Gaziantep near the border with adjoining Osmaniye Province: the Dead Sea Transform and the East Anatolian Fault. These represent the tectonic boundary between the northward-moving Arabian Plate to the east, and the converging African and Eurasian Plates to the west.


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Gaziantep is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.


Map of the province with the demarcations of the districts

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Yeni Valiler Kararnamesi Resmi Gazete'de yayımlandı: 39 ilin valisi değişti". 27 October 2018. Archived from the original on 25 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Population of provinces by years - 2000-2018". Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ Khanam, R. (2005). Encyclopaedic Ethnography of Middle-East and Central Asia. Vol. A–I, V. 1. Global Vision Publishing House. p. 470. ISBN 9788182200623.
  4. ^ Genel Nüfus Sayımları
  5. ^ Turkstat
  6. ^ "The Results of Address Based Population Registration System, 2020". Turkish Statistical Institute. Archived from the original on 2021-10-28. Retrieved 7 December 2021.

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Coordinates: 37°02′26″N 37°18′25″E / 37.04056°N 37.30694°E / 37.04056; 37.30694