The newly completed 0-52 toll motorway and the old D-400 link Gaziantep with the next destination for most travellers, Şanlıurfa. Either en route, or using Gaziantep as a base, it’s worth also trying to see the site of Zeugma, where the magnificent mosaics on display in Gaziantep were found, and the relaxed village of Halfeti, on the banks of the Euphrates.
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The D-400 crosses the broad Euphrates River at BIRECIK. Set on a rise below the striking pale limestone bluffs backing the river, Birecik’s castle was founded during the eleventh century, and served as a frontier outpost for the Crusader state of Edessa. Birecik is also the hub for onward transport to atmospheric Halfeti.