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|• Mayor||Eyüp Aytekin (AKP)|
|• Kaymakam||Emre Nebioğlu|
|• District||2,270.00 km2 (876.45 sq mi)|
|Elevation||741 m (2,431 ft)|
|• District Density||9.8/km2 (25/sq mi)|
The town of Yusufeli (population 5863) sits in a valley where the Çoruh River is joined by the Barhal, the surrounding countryside is a range of mountains running east to west, with villages in other valleys between the mountains; little of Yusufeli is flat and this is a beautiful landscape, with streams, lakes and excellent views.
The micro climate allows the cultivation of olives, grapes, and citrus fruits, the driving forces of the economy in addition to tourism. The town can be reached by air via Erzurum Airport, 135 km (84 mi) away from Yusufeli or by road from Artvin, Erzurum and Trabzon (via İspir in Erzurum Province).
With many kind of tourism facilities like rafting and many other water sports, tracking, mountain climbing, hunting, camping, photography, floristry, historical castles and churches and natural beauties Yusufeli is an excellent tourism location.
The history of Yusufeli, formerly Perterek or Pertarek, is traced to 3000 BC, the Bronze Age. The area has since been inhabited by Hurri, Urartu, Persians, Ancient Romans, Byzantines, Georgians and Armenians. In the Turkish era the area has been settled by Seljuks, Saltuks, Ilkhanates, Tamerlan, Akkoyunlu, Safevids and the Ottoman Empire. In 1879 the area was the district of Kiksim in the county of Çıldır. Then following the war between the Ottoman Empire and Russia it became a county of Erzurum.
Because of the rocky geography it was difficult for people from all villages to reach the city center, so a local district was established centred on Ögdem, but this was still inaccessible so Kılıçkaya (Ersis) became the center of county. Ersis means "a place where no boys live", so-called because so many sons of the district were lost in the Russo-Turkish War of 1878 and First World War. In the year 1912 the county name became Yusuf İli, i.e. "province of Yusuf" so the name Kiskim should not be confused with the name Keskin which was a county of Ankara at that time.
Places of interest
There are many medieval forts and Georgian churches in the valleys of Yusufeli. Some of them:
- Armashen fortress
- Ersis fortress
- Nihak fortres
- Oshnak fortress
- Ishan monastery
- Ogdem fortress
- Peterek fortress
- Parhal monastery
- Savangin, a pre-historical cave with an inscription written in an undeciphered writing system
- The singer and politician Zülfü Livaneli was born into a family from Yusufeli.
- The mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbaş was born in Yusufeli.
- "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "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.
- The Yusufeli dam project
- Friends of the Earth: Campaigns: Corporates: AMEC and Spie pull out of Yusufeli Dam
- Balfour Beatty withdraws support for the Ilisu Dam
- Yusuefli forts and monasteries (Turkish)
- Picture of Savagin cave's inscription
- Governor's Office
- The Municipality
- Local information website with a photo gallery
- Local information (Turkish)
Artvin Province is ancient georgian land,full of georgian churches. In georgian language sofeli means little settlment and origination of the Yusufeli is linked to this georgian word.