Kilis City Guide

Kilis City Guide

Kilis, which is a border city in the Southeastern Anatolia Region, is a city that should be seen with its historical mounds, castles, mosques and kebabs. There are especially viticulture and olive cultivation and arable lands in the southeast and along the border strip of the province. People living in rural areas earn their living based on agriculture. The border trade activities have been developing at the last years in the city. On the other hand, Kilis has a lot of historical places to visit.

Check out the most comprehensive Kilis city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Kilis” or “How to get to Kilis?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Southeast Anatolia


99 / km2

0,04 %

1.444 km2




18,126 $

Kilis is a small city and all of the districts are small districts of the city. There are no district that have a population more than 15.000.

The districts of Kilis are Musabeyli, Elbeyli and Polateli. You will find detailed information for all districts of Kilis in this guide.

Short History of Kilis

Kilis was under the Aleppo Kingdom in 1460 BC. With the beginning of the Hittite empire period, it came under the influence of the Hittite. Alexander the Great, who set out from Macedonia in 356 BC, occupied all the Anatolian lands from the north west to the south east and founded Iskenderun based on the Gulf of Iskenderun and continued on his way to Egypt through Kilis.  The city was a district of Gaziantep with establishing Republic of Turkey in 1923. In 1995, Kilis became a province.

Accommodation in Kilis is important for visitors. You can find a few hotels in the city.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Kilis or real estate for rent in Kilis , you are on the right page. The prices of real estate increased more than 10% in Kilis when compared the last year.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Kilis ? In Kilis , there are 1 state hospital and 1 private hospital.

Road Transportation

It’s too easy to find direct blus lines from different cities of Turkey like Ankara, İstanbul and İzmir to Kilis. Kilis Bus Station is located in the city center.

Air Transportation

There is currently no airport within the borders of Kilis province. You can find flights to Gaziantep Airport which is the nearest airport to Kilis.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Kilis” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Kilis” questions in this guide. Oylum Höyük, located in the Oylum Village of Kilis, is an important area where archaeological excavations have been continuing since 1989. The mounds, which are almost half a kilometer wide, are 22 meters and 37 meters high. It is known that the mound, on which historical research continues, dates back to 5500 years. Another historical mansion is “Tarihi Kilis Evi” is located in the center of Kilis. This is a kind of stone architecture example in the city. Kilis’s famous historical mosque, Ulu Mosque, is also known as Cami-i Kebir. The historical mosque, which is one of the places you should visit on your Kilis trip, is also the oldest and largest mosque in the city. Hisar Çamlığı Nature Park, located within the borders of the Hisar Village of Kilis, is a fairly newly arranged and opened park. The park, which has become a beautiful recreation area with landscaping, was opened in 2016.

There are only one state university located in Kilis named as 7 Aralık University.


Enes Sahin

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