Çemişgezek (Armenian: Չմշկածագ Čmškacag), Ottoman Turkish: چمشکزک, Kurdish: Melkişî) is a small Turkish city and its surrounding district in Tunceli Province of Turkey. The city has a population of 2,819, while whole district has a population of 7,929. The mayor is Ahmet Şadan Ersoy (CHP).
Çemişgezek owes its name (in Armenian Չմշկածագ = ուր որ Չմշկիգը ծագեցաւ, where Tzimiskes was born) to the Armenian general of the Eastern Roman forces John Tzimiskes, who defeated the Arabs in Mesopotamia, returned to Constantinople and usurped the imperial throne, reigning as emperor from December 11, 969 to January 10, 976.
For a list of the Armenian villages in the area, see here :Tchimichgadzak.
Before 1915, Çemişgezek had a large Armenian population, who were deported by order of the Turkish government.
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