Dargeçit

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Dargeçit
Dargeçit is located in Turkey
Dargeçit
Dargeçit
Coordinates: 37°32′45″N 41°43′28″E / 37.54583°N 41.72444°E / 37.54583; 41.72444Coordinates: 37°32′45″N 41°43′28″E / 37.54583°N 41.72444°E / 37.54583; 41.72444
Country Turkey
Province Mardin
Government
 • Mayor Zeynep Sipçik (BDP)
 • Kaymakam Adem Ünal
Area[1]
 • District 538.94 km2 (208.09 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 17,329
 • District 30,253
 • District density 56/km2 (150/sq mi)
Post code 47750
Website www.dargecit.bel.tr
Town of Kerboran
Districts of Mardin Province

Dargeçit (Syriac: ܟܪܒܘܪܢ Kerburan, Kurdish:Kerboran) is a district of the Mardin Province of Turkey, traditionally an Assyrian/Syriac town. It had approximately 300 families in 1900. During the Assyrian Genocide over 30,000 Assyrians were killed, before this the city was inhabited by Assyrians/Syriacs, Kurds and Armenians. But from 1979 most of the Assyrian/Syriac people fled the city after the murder of Andreas Demir Lahdik, the Mayor of Kerburan at the time. The government then changed the name of the city to Dargeçit by force.

There is the Syriac Orthodox Church of Mor Kuriyakos, which is now restored thanks to the Assyrian/Syriac diaspora. There are also two other churches, one Protestant and the other Catholic, both are in a very bad state.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.