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According to the famous historian Herodotus, the city was named after the Hittite commander Maraj, the founder of the city. In the Assyrian sources, the city is mentioned as Markaji. In consequence of the researches made, it has been suggested that the history of Kahramanmaras goes back to 5000 B.C. As its name signifies, Kahramanmaras has an important role in our War of Independence. For its outstanding success and efforts in the War of Independence, Turkish Grand National Assembly convening on April 5, 1925 decided on giving the War of Independence Medal to not the individuals but the whole townspeople in Maras, with the approval of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha, and the city was awarded with the War of Independence Medal with Red Ribbon. In 1973, the name of the city was changed to Kahramanmaras by adding the title of Kahraman (Hero) to the name of the city with the approval of TGNA. The cultural history of the city, which has a great emotional value, is also very rich. The historical sites and buildings like Great Mosque, Hatuniye Mosque, Stone Madrasa (Graveyard of Padishah's Daughter) "Bektutiye", Stone Inn, Cukur Turkish Bath, Sheik Adil Fountain, Ceyhan Bridge, Suleymaniye Bridge and Fountain (Zeytun), Eshab-ı Kehf (Afsin), Kahramanmaras Fortress, Andirin Geben Fortress (Meryemcil), Andirin Azgit Fortress, Andirin Hastirin Fortress, Afsin Hurman Fortress, Cukurhisar Fortress are the symbols of Kahramanmaras, one of a few cities with a medal.
When it comes to the local tastes, the first thing coming to mind is naturally the Maras ice cream, but the different local tastes of Kahramanmaras also appeal to the taste buds of its visitors: Tirsik Soup, Eskilaye Sulusu, Legen Soup, Kahramanmaras Trotter Soup, Plain Meatball, Meatball with Yogurt, Bezdirme Meatball, Cottage Cheese Pastry, Mumbar, Eli Bogrunde, Maras Kebab with Tomato, Kebab in Bread.
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General Information on Kahramanmaras
Kahramanmaras, which has hosted numerous civilizations ranging from Assyrians to Persians, Seljuks to Byzantines at the intersection of the Mediterranean, the Eastern Anatolian, and the Southeastern Anatolian lands, is rather rich in terms of history. For the struggle and heroism of the city people during the War of Independence, the city was later granted the title “kahraman (hero)”.
Thanks to its historical buildings remaining from its deep-rooted history, museums, Eshab-i Kehf Complex, Hurman Fortress, Elbistan Grand Mosque, and Kahramanmaras Fortress, this city is one of the ideal routes for a cultural excursion. Kahramanmaras, which adds value to Turkey’s textile industry with its yarns and textile, has also made a name for itself in the world of flavors with its world-renowned ice cream.
How to go to the City Center from Kahramanmaras Airport?
Located 5 km to the city center, Kahramanmaras Airport has been providing Kahramanmaras and the neighboring cities with air transport since 1996. At Kahramanmaras Airport, which is located on Gaziantep-Pazarcik highway of Kahramanmaras, reciprocal flights are performed with Istanbul, Ankara, and numerous other cities. There are many alternatives to get to the city center from Kahramanmaras Airport that also gives outdoor and indoor parking services.
You can consider the taxi option to go to the city center from Kahramanmaras Airport. The taxis you can find 24 hours a day give service in front of the exit gate of Kahramanmaras Airport. You can go to the city center from the airport in 10-15 minutes approximately
Municipality Shuttle Buses
The most practical public transport vehicle to go to the city center from Kahramanmaras Airport is the municipality shuttle buses. The airport services given specially by Kahramanmaras Metropolitan Municipality are for all flights performed at Kahramanmaras Airport. You are required to inform the municipality of your request for shuttle bus service at least 4 hours before your arrival.
If you would like to go to the city center and also travel in the city by private means of transport, you can prefer renting a car. You can receive service from numerous local car rental firms at Kahramanmaras Airport.
What to eat in Kahramanmaras?
Although Maras Tarhana and Maras Ice Cream are the foods most frequently mentioned together with the city, other numerous tastes will also be waiting for you during your city tour. Tarhana Soup, which you can eat as an entree, is a meal made of Maras Tarhana and served in special bowls.
Although it is made in different regions as well, the Stuffed Meatballs prepared with the ingredients peculiar to Kahramanmaras and cooked by frying or boiling, will cheer up your stomach after a tiring tour. This food, which has a tough crust in contrast to soft inside, has a totally different taste thanks to the walnuts in its mixture. The wonderful taste created by flavoring small meatballs and chickpea with a sauce made of natural tomato paste is known as Eksili Aya Sulusu in Kahramanmaras. The meal served together with a pilaf made of yellow rice special to the city appeals to everyone who can never get enough of homemade food.
Yan Yana, or colloquially referred to as Elibogrunde, which you can taste in the butcher-bakeshops you can encounter during your city tour, is a meal even those who are not a big fan of meat dishes can eat with real pleasure. When accompanied with newly baked lavash bread, no one can get enough of it.
Marvelously delicious Maras ice cream made of the sahlep made of the roots of wild orchids growing in Kahramanmaras and the milks of the goats eating the famous geven plants of this city is a taste you can never forget during your travel and afterwards. This dessert, which is globally famous for its peculiar consistency and production technique, can survive long journeys thanks to the containers including dry ice, which are provided by the ice cream sellers. Therefore, you can take some Maras Ice Cream back to home from your travel to this city.
Where to stay in Kahramanmaras?
Kahramanmaras, where every season is peculiarly beautiful, offers a great variety in terms of accommodation facilities. Located next to the Covered Bazaar, “Sular Hotel” may be a good choice for you with its rooms equipped with modern facilities and breakfasts enriched with organic products special to each day. This hotel that also offers transfer to Kahramanmaras Airport for a fee comes to the fore with its meeting, baggage storage, and common lounge facilities.
The hotels in the city center are the accommodation facilities where you can relieve the fatigue of the day in Turkish bath and sauna. In the boutique hotels, you will have pleasant times thanks to their rich tea and coffee options as well as the diversity of their meal menus.
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