Erzincan

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Erzincan
Municipality
Erzincan is located in Turkey
Erzincan
Erzincan
Coordinates: 39°44′47″N 39°29′29″E / 39.74639°N 39.49139°E / 39.74639; 39.49139Coordinates: 39°44′47″N 39°29′29″E / 39.74639°N 39.49139°E / 39.74639; 39.49139
Country Turkey
Province Erzincan
Government
 • Mayor Cemalettin Başsoy (AKP)
Area[1]
 • District 1,622.08 km2 (626.29 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 96,474
 • District 144,545
 • District density 89/km2 (230/sq mi)
Website www.erzincan.bel.tr

Erzincan (pronounced [eɾzinˈdʒan]) is a city in northeastern Turkey. It is the capital of Erzincan Province in northeastern Anatolia. Nearby cities include Erzurum, Sivas, Tunceli, Bingöl, Elâzığ, Malatya, Gümüşhane, Bayburt, and Giresun. Located at an altitude of 1,185 meters above sea level, the city's climate produces snowy winters and warm summers.

The city is notable for handcrafted copper goods and a special cheese called "tulum peyniri" in Turkish. It is a significant road and rail junction and was once noted for its silverware. Current industries include sugar refining and textile industries.

The city is home to the headquarters of the Turkish Third Army.

History[edit]

The Erzincan valley crossed by the upper Euphrates was the location of the most important pre-Christian shrine in Armenia, dedicated to the Armenian goddess Anahit. The temple, whose site has not yet been identified, was in a settlement called Erez. The text of Agathangelos records that during the first year of his reign, King Trdat went to Erez and visited Anahit's temple to offer sacrifice. The king ordered Gregory the Illuminator, who was secretly a Christian, to make an offering at its altar. When Gregory refused he was taken captive and tortured, starting the events that would end with Trdat's conversion to Christianity some 14 years later.[3] After that conversion, during the Christianisation of Armenia, the temple at Erez was destroyed and its property and lands given to Gregory. It later became known for its extensive monasteries.

In 1071 Erzincan was absorbed into the Mengüçoğlu under the Seljuk Sulëiman Kutalmish. In 1243 it was destroyed in fighting between the Seljuks under Kaykhusraw II and the Mongols. However, by 1254 its population had recovered enough that William of Rubruck was able to say an earthquake had killed more than 10,000 people. During this period, the city reached a level of semi-independence under the rule of Armenian princes.[4]

The city was completely destroyed by a major earthquake on December 27, 1939. The earthquake of seven violent shocks, the biggest one measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale, was the most powerful one to strike Turkey in recent history. The first stage of the earthquake killed about 8,000 people. The next day, it was reported that the death toll had risen to 20,000. An emergency relief operation began. By the end of the year, 32,962 had died due to more earthquakes and several floods. So extensive was the damage to Erzincan city that its old site was entirely abandoned and a new town was founded a little further to the north.

To the ancient Romans, Erzincan was known as Acilisene. In the past, the city was also known in Armenian as Երզնկա Yerznka[5][6] and in Greek as Κελτζηνή Keltzene.[citation needed]

Battle of Erzincan[edit]

Main article: Battle of Erzincan
Caucasus Campaign of 1915 – 1916

The Battle of Erzincan took place during the Caucasus Campaign of the First World War. In 1916 Erzincan was the headquarters for the Turkish Third Army commanded by Kerim Pasha. The Russian General Nikolai Yudenich led the Russian Caucasus Army who captured Mama Hatun on 12 July 1916. They then gained the heights of Naglika and took a Turkish position on the banks of the Durum Durasi river, with their cavalry breaking through the Boz-Tapa-Meretkli line. They then advanced on Erzincan arriving by 25 June and taking the city in two days. The city was relatively untouched by battle and Yudenich seized large quantities of supplies. Despite the strategic advantages gained from this victory, Yudenich made no more significant advances and had his forces reduced due to Russian reverses further north.[7]

Colonel Kâzım Karabekir was appointed commander of the First Caucasian Army Corps. Aware of the weaknesses of the Russian Army, they marched against the remnants of the Russian Army, retaking Erzincan in February 1918.

Climate[edit]

Erzincan has a continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dsa) with freezing, snowy winters and hot and dry summers. Spring is the wettest season whilst late summer is the driest.

Climate data for Erzincan (1960-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.0
(57.2)
17.2
(63)
25.2
(77.4)
30.0
(86)
33.8
(92.8)
35.2
(95.4)
40.6
(105.1)
40.2
(104.4)
36.6
(97.9)
30.8
(87.4)
22.5
(72.5)
19.0
(66.2)
40.6
(105.1)
Average high °C (°F) 1.7
(35.1)
3.7
(38.7)
9.9
(49.8)
16.7
(62.1)
22.1
(71.8)
26.9
(80.4)
31.4
(88.5)
31.7
(89.1)
27.3
(81.1)
20.0
(68)
11.5
(52.7)
4.6
(40.3)
17.29
(63.13)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.9
(26.8)
−1.2
(29.8)
4.4
(39.9)
10.7
(51.3)
15.6
(60.1)
20.0
(68)
24.0
(75.2)
23.7
(74.7)
18.9
(66)
12.1
(53.8)
5.2
(41.4)
0.1
(32.2)
10.88
(51.6)
Average low °C (°F) −6.9
(19.6)
−5.5
(22.1)
−0.5
(31.1)
5.0
(41)
8.8
(47.8)
12.3
(54.1)
15.6
(60.1)
15.2
(59.4)
10.7
(51.3)
5.9
(42.6)
0.6
(33.1)
−3.5
(25.7)
4.81
(40.66)
Record low °C (°F) −26.7
(−16.1)
−25.2
(−13.4)
−22.4
(−8.3)
−8.2
(17.2)
−0.4
(31.3)
2.0
(35.6)
5.0
(41)
6.4
(43.5)
0.6
(33.1)
−6.2
(20.8)
−17.4
(0.7)
−25.0
(−13)
−26.7
(−16.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 28.1
(1.106)
30.3
(1.193)
41.2
(1.622)
53.8
(2.118)
54.5
(2.146)
30.2
(1.189)
11.4
(0.449)
6.8
(0.268)
14.3
(0.563)
43.4
(1.709)
39.3
(1.547)
28.8
(1.134)
382.1
(15.044)
Avg. precipitation days 9.6 9.3 11.6 14.1 14.5 9.2 3.3 2.6 4.3 8.8 8.8 10.1 106.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 89.9 106.4 158.1 171 226.3 288 328.6 310 261 192.2 126 74.4 2,331.9
Source: Devlet Meteoroloji İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü [8]

Economy[edit]

Mulberry tree plantations were found in Erzincan in the early 20th-century, which were used in sericulture.[9]

Famous inhabitants[edit]

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. ^ Vreg Nersessian, "Treasures From the Ark", 2001, p114-115
  4. ^ (Armenian) Baghdasaryan, Ye. M. "Երզնկայի հայկական իշխանությունը XIII-XIV դարերում" (The Armenian Principality of Yerznka in the 13th–14th Centuries). Lraber Hasarakakan Gitutyunneri. No. 2., 1970, pp. 36–44.
  5. ^ "AGMI identified new unknown photo documents on Armenian genocide". Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Retrieved 18 October 2013. "...in the region of Yerznka (modern day Erzincan)..." 
  6. ^ A. J. Hacikyan, Gabriel Basmajian, Edward S. Franchuk, Nourhan Ouzounian, ed. (2000). The Heritage of Armenian Literature: From the Oral Tradition to the Golden Age. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 169. ISBN 9780814328156. 
  7. ^ World War I: A Student Encyclopedia by John S.D. Eisenhower (Foreword), Spencer Tucker, Priscilla Mary Roberts (Ed.s)
  8. ^ İl ve İlçelerimize Ait İstatistiki Veriler- Meteoroloji Genel Müdürlüğü. Dmi.gov.tr. Retrieved on 2012-05-13.
  9. ^ Prothero, W. G. (1920). Armenia and Kurdistan. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 64. 

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