city and central district in Turkey

Travel Warning WARNING: Because of the ongoing civil war in Syria, avoid non-essential travel to the city of Kilis, and do not travel ouside of the city within 10 km of the border with that country.
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(Information last updated 09 Dec 2023)

Kilis is a town in Southeastern Anatolia, just north of the Syrian border.

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Kilis became urbanized mostly during the Ottoman Empire.

As of the early 2020s, the total population of Kilis is about 200,000, roughly half of it natives and the other half Syrian refugees.

On February 6, 2023, Kilis was hit by a devastating earthquake. Many of the city's buildings and landmarks are badly damaged or collapsed.

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There are frequent buses from nearby Gaziantep.

  • 1 Kilis bus station (Kilis Otogar).

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Map of Kilis

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The historic city centre is made up of narrow streets, which are fascinating to explore.

  • 1 Kilis Museum, Akcurun Cd. 27, +90 348 813 2037.    
  • 2 Tekke Mosque. 16th-century Ottoman mosque complex.
  • 3 Kilis Great Mosque (Kilis Ulu Camii).  
  • 4 Adnan Menderes Park.
  • 5 Oylum Höyük. Large, prehistoric mound that was settled at least 4,000 years BCE.    

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  • Halı Saha Stadium.

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Routes through Kilis
TokatGaziantep  N   S    Öncüpınar/al-Salameh → Becomes Syrian road → Tell Rifaat  

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