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.
Located 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 worldRead More
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 intersectionRead More
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 theRead More