REPUBLIC OF TURKEY GAZİANTEP PROVINCIAL DIRECTORATE OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Dülük Ancient City

       DÜLÜK ANCIENT CITY

       Located 10 kms North of Gaziantep city center, Dülük is divided into two, known as “Ancient City” and “Sacred Place”. Its first settlement goes back to 600 000 years before. Ancient settlement is under and around Keber Hill located on the north side of Dülük Village, on Dülük Hill. It’s known that in Hittite Period in Sacred Place, The Sky God Teşup, in Grek and Roman Periods, Zeus and Jupiter Dolikhennos were worshipped.. Dülük Mitras Temple was revealed in the excavations performed by Gaziantep Museum together with Münster University, Germany in 1997-1998. Found in Anatolia Mitras is the first of the temples.The construction of outdoor lighting and green areas are being continued to uncover the Mitras temple was reveled and the outdoor lighting was constructed with the collaboration of Şehitkamil Municipality and Gaziantep Museum. Opposite backs of Keber Hill are cemetary area of ancient settlement. In this area there are many room graves hollowed in stones. In these graves there are sarcophagus with reliefs of religious and mythologic subjects. In the scientific excavations performed on Keber Hill, Dülük, flint-stone objects and workshops of them belonging to Paleolithic Age were found. “Şarklı Mağara” which was used for sheltering goes back to 600 000 B.C. During Byzantine Age, City of Dülük turned its Sacred Place position coming since Hittites to archbishopric. After Islamic attacks it was destructed and lost its religious center position as the arcbishopric moved to Zeugma in the 7th century. Holy Place of Dülük with Dülükbaba’s (Davut Ejder) tomb brougth its Sacred Place identity till today. Dülük Village coming to today from 600 000 years ago, is one of the places which is worth to be seen since it has traditional houses made of cube-shaped stones, mosques, Musa Kazım Tomb and local traditional architecture.