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Summary Information About Kilis

Kilis Province (Turkish: Kilis ili) is a province in southern Turkey, on the border with Syria. It used to be the southern part of the province of Gaziantep and was formed in 1994. The town of Kilis is home to around 67% of the inhabitants of the province; the other towns and villages are very small.

 

As a result of its proximity to the North Mediterranean, it is in a transition region between the Mediterranean climate and the continental climate.It is in the Northwestern part of the Mesopotamia region name as the “Fertile Crescent”, which has been a settling area since the very beginning of history.

 

The Öncüpınar Syrian border crossing is 5 km (3 mi) to the south and the large city of Gaziantep is 60 km (37 mi) to the north. Indeed, until 1996 Kilis was a district of Gaziantep Province, being made into a province by Tansu Çiller following an open vote-winning gambit in the 1995 general election.

 

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

Population

145826

Area

1520,00 km 2

Location

Districts

3

Municipalities

4

Towns

0

Villages

138

History of Kilis

Although there are not any definite information related to its foundation, today’s Kilis City mainly developed and became urbanized during the Ottoman Period. However, traces of important cities found in the near surroundings of Kilis and the historical documents prove that important centres were always present here in every period. In the tablets belonging to the Assyrian period, the name ‘Ki-li-zi’ is written in cuneiform and a city named as “Ciliza Sive Urnagiganti” during the Roman Empire period is mentioned.

 

Kilis was part of the Aleppo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire until the First World War, after which it passed to the Republic of Turkey. There was also an Armenian and Jewish community. The sizable Armenian population was persecuted and eventually massacred during the Armenian Genocide

Districts of Kilis

  • Elbeyli
  • Musabeyli
  • Polateli

Point of Interests in Kilis

The city in which traditional stone architecture is dominant, has an organic structure. Narrow streets, stone walls and houses with courtyards inside create the structure of the city together with the monumental buildings. The houses of Kilis are shaped depending on the effects of the climate and cultural approaches and are not easily detected from outside as they are surrounded with high walls. You can see the houses as places located around large courtyards when you enter through the door that opens to the street or dead-end street.

 

Sights in the town include a number of Ottoman era mosques and stone houses with courtyards and elaborate carved wooden fittings.

 

Let's see the cuisine of Kilis

  • KILIS TAVA
  • CENNET ÇAMURU
  • FIRIK PILAV
  • ZÜNGÜL
  • HAYRAT SEMSEGI
  • SUCUK HAPISASI
  • HAYTALYA
  • MAYANALI KAHKE
  • GERBIÇ
  • ORUK
  • EKSILI MALHITA

For more information about Kilis

https://www.kulturportali.gov.tr/turkiye/kilis/genelbilgiler

 

For more information, you may visit the official government website of KILIS

http://www.kilis.gov.tr

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