Kilis, located in the southeast of Turkey, is a neighboring province border with Syria. The population of Kilis, where has a surface area of 1.642 kilometers, is 142.490 people. In total there are 4 districts along with the central district. Gaziantep Airport, which also includes international flights, is 40 km from the city. There is no sea transportation in the city since it does not have a coast to the sea. The closest port city is İskenderun. Highway is used in the city.
It is estimated that the history of Kilis dates back to 3000 BC. The city remained under the rule of Assyrians, Hittites, Persians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans throughout history. In 636, it joined the Islamic state territory by Caliph Omar and was a border post against Byzantium. Later, it came under the sovereignty of Selçuk and Memluk, and eventually joined the Ottoman lands by Selim I after the Mercidabık War in 1516. Kilis was connected to the Aleppo Province during the Ottoman period. After the First World War, it was occupied by the British and then the French. Kilis survived the occupation on December 7, 1921.
Kilis, where is one of the smallest cities located in Turkey, is one of the region whose particular historical and cultural tourism assets is surprisingly rich. As one of the important cities of the Ottoman Civilization overlooking the Middle East, province of Kilis is a place where many historical cultural values are located and the settlement history dates back to very old times. With its ruins, important architectural structures and historical mosques, Kilis is one of the cities that should be seen from a touristic point of view.
Kurukastel Ruins, one of the many ruins in Kilis, is 3 km from the city. It is located in the west. The mound 30-40 m high where the vineyards end to the north of the water source of the same name, contains the traces of settlements dating back to ancient times.
One of the ruins in Kilis is located in the Akçakent Village of Musabeyli District. It is estimated that this is a village settlement from the Early Byzantine Period. There are remnants and mosaics made of limestone.
Within the scope of faith tourism, there are many historical mosques in Kilis, the oldest of which was built in the 7th century. The pre-Ottoman mosques that can survive until today are the Ulu Mosque, Alacalı Akcurun and Ali Çavuş mosques.
The region still remains a value worth seeing. Kilis, where has very rich culture and history, needs to be visited.