Escaping the youth council for an afternoon, I went to visit Gaziantep city along with the other EVSers. It’s a big metropolitan area of over a million people. Linear avenues stretch endlessly, bearing rows of plain or shabby apartment blocks and small shops. Until our bus reaches the city centre, where the pedestrian and motor traffic move to another level of cacophony.
Amidst the buzzing, jewels emerge. The odd Ottoman building, secret, silent streets, a beautiful skyline and the Kale. This fortress helped Antep resist French occupation in 1921. Subsequently, the city was rewarded with the prefix “Gazi”, which means “warrior of the faith” and “war veteran”. Nowadays people use both Antep and Gaziantep to name the biggest city in the south east.