Eğil

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Eğil
Eğil is located in Turkey
Eğil
Eğil
Coordinates: 38°15′26″N 40°05′05″E / 38.25722°N 40.08472°E / 38.25722; 40.08472Coordinates: 38°15′26″N 40°05′05″E / 38.25722°N 40.08472°E / 38.25722; 40.08472
Country Turkey
Province Diyarbakır
Government
 • Mayor Petek Çabanoğlu (BDP)
 • Kaymakam Kemal Atasoy
Area[1]
 • District 498.91 km2 (192.63 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 5,069
 • District 23,028
 • District density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Post code 21470

Eğil (or Egil) (Ottoman Turkish: اکيل,[3] Kurdish: Êgil,[citation needed] Zazaki: Gêl[citation needed]) is a district of Diyarbakır Province of Turkey.

Eğil is an ancient city 50 km away from Diyarbakir with many ancient forts and caves dating to the time of the Armenian kingdom of Sophene. It is identified with ancient Armenian city of Carcathiocerta. It is known as "City of Prophets." It has been ruled by the Armenians, the Assyrians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Abbasids, the Seljuks, the Ottoman Empire, and (currently) the Republic of Turkey.

The majority of the population of the district is Zaza, and is composed of Turks.[citation needed]

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. 
  3. ^ Tahir Sezen, Osmanlı Yer Adları (Alfabetik Sırayla), T.C. Başbakanlık Devlet Arşivleri Genel Müdürlüğü, Yayın Nu 21, Ankara, p. 163.