26 May 2021
The meters long tunnels and caves under the historical Gaziantep Castle were unearthed after 1 year of excavation work. It is planned to open tunnels and caves, which have been brought to tourism with the work done, to visitors.
It is aimed to create a different atmosphere for visitors with the tunnels in the historical castle of Gaziantep, which host thousands of tourists throughout the year with its historical buildings and touristic attractions. ONE OF THE MOST SCARY PLACES IN THE WORLD: PARIS UNDERGROUND CEMETERY
In collaboration with the Metropolitan Municipality Conservation Application and Inspection Offices and Gaziantep Museum Directorate, work was initiated last year to clean and open the tunnels under the historical Gaziantep Castle.
While excavating the tunnels and caves that have been under the castle for nearly a year, consisting of many branches and having a length of kilometers, tunnels and caves were illuminated. While excavations continue in some areas to reach the end of the tunnels, Serdar Murat Gürsel, Director of the Metropolitan Municipality Protection Application and Inspection Branch, said that the work carried out will add value to the city.
Branch Manager Gürsel said that the tunnels under the castle were used both as protection against attacks and as a living space in history. Explaining that the cleaning of the tunnels filled with excavation and rubble took close to a year, Gürsel said, “These tunnels and caves under the Gaziantep Castle were filled with rubble when we first determined. “These tunnels and caves were built both to attack, escape and to reach water to sustain life,” he said.
Gürsel stated that with the restoration of the tunnels under the castle, the target in tourism will be raised and Gaziantep Castle will become a center of attraction for the city, “We aimed to protect and restore these tunnels in the Gaziantep Castle. “We see how important historical values we have,” he said.
Stating that the tunnels will be opened to visitors after the necessary arrangements are completed, Gürsel said, “With the signboards and directions we will create in the castle, these tunnels will be opened to our visitors.
Explaining that the tunnels discovered under the castle extend to the ancient city of Dülük, which is one of the most important historical textures of Gaziantep, Gürsel stated that this means kilometers long and that the excavations will continue in the future.