Kilis, which is located at Turkey – Syria border on the South, is surrounded by Islahiye on the west and northwest, Gaziantep on the North and northeast and Oguzeli district on the east. Kilis, history of which dates back to Middle Bronze Age and which is an old residential center, and the surrounding area have been governed by Hurries, Mintans Assyrians, Hittites, Persians, Macedon, Romans and Ottomans. City got in to Islam sovereignty in the first years of the Hegira, during Caliph Hz. Omer period. It is a region that served as a frontier post against Byzantine and the crusaders. It was annexed to the lands of Ottoman Empire during the period of Yavuz Sultan Selim, the Ottoman Sultan, and while it had been a district of Gaziantep, became a province in 1995.
Ravanda Castle, which was constructed by the crusaders on Kilis – Gaziantep road and restored by Memeluk, Kilis Ulu Mosque, Canbolat Pasa Mosque, with its other name Tekke Mosque, Kadı Mosque, Mevlevihane Mosque, Mallak Hasanbey Mosque, Seyh Abdullah Efendi Lodge, Canbolat and Seyh Abdullah Efendi Tombs, Baytaz Inn, Kurdaga, Fellah, Ispır Pasa and Pirlioglu Cisterns, Ahmet Efendi, Neset Efendi and Sevket Akıncı Mansions, Court House, Old Cumhuriyet Primary School, Koca (Hoca) Turkish Bath, Eski Turkish Bath, Pasa Turkish Bath, Hasan Bey Turkish Bath, which is also known as Cukur Turkish Bath, Tuglu Turkish Bath, Kurdaga Fountain, İpsir Pasa Fountain, Fellah Fountain, Haffaf (Kavaf) Fountain and Kucuk Carsi Fountain can be listed as lion of the city. Oylum Tumulus and Akpinar and Sogutludere among promenade places are places to walk around. Kuzuini (Kuzeyne) Village, which is located at 5 km. northwest of Kilis province, is one of the places to be seen. The village seems like an open – air museum with its inner and outer castles and ruins of Hittite, Rome, Byzantine and Turkish eras. Korus – Kiris ancient city, which is located at 20 km. west of Kilis, is a Roman residential area worth sightseeing. Ruins of an ancient theatre, a castle and a temple are present in this area.
There are silk and leather manufacturing facilities around Kilis, as well as vineyards and olive groves. Besides, an active border trade is present in the city.
Taste and view of local meals, which represent traditional culture of Kilis are quite attractive. Especially Kilis Tava and Oruk Kebap at Gol Restaurant in Sogutludere are foods recommended for tasting. Furthermore, Kilis grape molasses, which is sold as both solid and liquid, is worth tasting and Kilis quilts and various works of Kilis handworks are products worth purchasing.
Ceremonies realized every 7th December for celebrating liberation of Kilis give a colorful atmosphere to the city.www.kilis.bel.tr www.kilis.gov.tr