Turkey 2016 Part Seven– A Bazaar Time in Gaziantep

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Yep, those are faux camels headed down the traffic median in Gaziantep, just outside the famous Zeugma mosaics museum (on which see the following post). Why are they there, you may ask? Well Gaizantep was on the spice road which came from the Middle East through Jordan up the King’s highway into Turkey and then west across Anatolia (note what the wise men brought from the east to give Jesus— spices like frankincense and myrrh). So, as one would expect when you get to Gaziantep, you need to go to the bazaar…. where you find lots and lots of spices, as well as other things. Spices for food, spices for burials, spices for burning to make something smell better etc. Mountains of spices of all sorts….
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Along with the spices you see every kind of nut imaginable as Gaziantep is the nut capital of Turkey, particularly of delicious pistachios,hazelnuts, etc. and you also see a lot of turkish delight too. The Narnia kids would have gone nuts in this bazaar….(and BTW, antep means nuts, a city named for nuts!)
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And then there are the soaps, made with, among other things, wait for it— spices….gaz6

The artisan work is also very impressive. There are beautiful glasses….gazi8 and beautiful silver work…gazi9 which can result in giant samozars or teapots, gaz10 and what’s a trip to Turkey without some Turkish tea, called chai…..gazi11 which is good with the most delicious cheese potato sticks ever….gazi12 I could watch the woodworkers for hours, coming as I do from furniture city USA, namely High Point N.C. and having worked in a furniture factory there. gazi13 Anyone need a Pinnochio?
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The metal working artisans are great to watch as well, making everything from scimitars to pots to keys ( I bought one of the keys to the Kingdom, it has a cross on the handle. Please don’t tell St. Peter I found it on markdown in Gaziantep). gazi15 and then there are knives….gazi17

Yes you could spend a whole day in a bazaar like that for fun and profit. gazi18 But especially don’t forget to bring home the nuts and the spices…..please.
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