History of Kilis

With its history dating back to 3000 BC, Kalis has seen many rules. Known as Kalisi in the Assyrian times, Kalis has been part of large and small empires - Hurri-Mitani, Hittites, Persians, Romans, Byzantine and the Ottomans. Seljuks and Mamelukes occupied the region for relatively short periods. The land has been a witness of the Crusade years. With all the occupying and reigning powers having left some relics of their rules throughout the land, the territory wields mysterious enchantment.

In 1921, Kilis was returned to Turkey as per the Ankara Treaty. Recognition as a Turkey province came as late as 1995. Present-day Kalis occupies a significant position in the nation's economy, contributing through its frontier commerce. A large part of the Kilis populace are Oguz Turks belonging to the Ottoman Empire founding Kayi family tree.