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Travel Warning WARNING: On February 6th 2023 Kilis, was hit by a devastating earthquake. Many of the city's buildings and landmarks are badly damaged or collapsed.
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.
Government travel advisories
(Information last updated 01 Sep 2020)

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


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.

Get in[edit]

There are frequent buses from nearby Gaziantep.

  • 1 Kilis bus station (Kilis Otogar).

Get around[edit]

Map of Kilis


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. Kilis Museum (Q28136223) on Wikidata Kilis Museum on Wikipedia
  • 2 Tekke Mosque. 16th century Ottoman mosque complex.
  • 3 Kilis Great Mosque (Kilis Ulu Camii). Kilis Great Mosque (Q97924889) on Wikidata
  • 4 Adnan Menderes Park.
  • 5 Oylum Höyük. Large, prehistoric mound that was settled at least 4,000 years BC. Oylum Höyük (Q1528589) on Wikidata Oylum, Kilis on Wikipedia


  • Halı Saha Stadium.








Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

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

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