The hieroglyphic inscriptions on the statue belonging to the period of III. Halpuruntaş (810-783 BC) are very important in terms of presenting the family tree of the Gurgum Kings.
In the capitals of the Late Hittite Kingdoms, statues of lions of this kind were erected, especially on both sides of the gate entrances. Although the Maraş example is smaller, it is likely that the Lion statue was used at the gate entrances of the city of Maraş, especially since its back part and the right side to be attached to the wall are flat.
The Maraş Lion with inscriptions, which was exhibited in the Istanbul Archeology Museum-Ancient Oriental Works Museum since 1886, while it was previously in the Kahramanmaraş Castle, was brought to Kahramanmaraş on 30 August 2013 to be exhibited in the Kahramanmaraş Museum in accordance with the approval of the Ministry in October 2012.
Maraş Ice Cream
Milk, sahlep and sugar are used in the production of traditional Maraş ice cream. Care should be taken that the milk used is goat’s milk. Because the most effective factor that gives Maraş ice cream its unique taste is the milk obtained from goats fed with keven herbs. The second factor in the emergence of this taste is sahlep, which is obtained from the roots of wild orchids grown in Maraş and gives ice cream its unique smell, firmness and aroma. First sahlep, then sugar is added to the goat’s milk boiled at 90 degrees, mixed until it turns into a gum, and after resting for 6-8 hours, it is cooled and presented to consumption.
Sahlep, which is a very important factor in the formation of Maraş ice cream, is obtained from the dirty white tubers of orchids grown in Ahır Mountain. The collected tubers are threaded and dried, then milled. The white powder obtained is used in the production of ice cream.
Maraş ice cream, which contributed greatly to the promotion of Kahramanmaraş, has spread to all countries of the world by crossing the borders of our country and has become the symbol of Kahramanmaraş.
Kahramanmaraş Geographical Indications
Geographical indications are signs that indicate a product that has been identified with a particular territory, area, region or country in terms of its unique character, reputation or other characteristics. The registration of the geographical indication protects not the rights of a single producer, but the rights of all those who produce and market in accordance with the conditions in the registration certificate. The purpose of geographical indication registration is to ensure the protection of products that have gained a certain reputation due to their production and origin-based features, to be produced in accordance with the original and transferred to future generations. For this reason, it is also culturally important.
In order to ensure and protect the local products of Kahramanmaraş to be produced in accordance with the original, our 12 local products such as Maraş Ice Cream, Maraş Torsion Bracelet, Maraş Bun, Maraş Pepper, Maraş Tarhana, Andırın Tirşik, Kahramanmaraş Hartlap Knife, Kahramanaraş Engraved Walnut Chest, Kahramanmaraş Kerchief, Çağlayancerit Walnut, Maraş Mesh Embroidery and Maraş Sumac Extract Drain have been registered as geographical indication by applying to the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office by the public institutions and organizations in our city. 06.08.2018
The local cuisine culture of Kahramanmaraş presents a rich view in terms of variety and taste with its food-drinks and desserts such as Maraş tarhana, tarhana soup, sour soup, tamped lentil soup, calves-foot soup, bagel meatballs, bulghur salad meatballs, stuffed meatballs, sömelek meatballs, meatballs with water and oil, sour meatballs soup, meatballs with yoghurt, meatballs with too little oil, sour palm meatballs, kebap with yoghurt, ravanda sherbet, wheat soup with cheakpeas and corn, Maraş stuffing, stuffed sheep sausages, Persian rice, rice with chicken, çöş patty, bun, Maraş pepper, soudjouk, samsa dessert, pekmez, hapısa (a dessert made with starch, sugar, butter, pekmez), dried fruit roll-up, grits dessert with walnut, çullama (thick pancake usually with chicken slices), world-famous Maraş dondurması ice cream.