Adilcevaz

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Adilcevaz
Adilcevaz is located in Turkey
Adilcevaz
Adilcevaz
Coordinates: 38°48′21″N 42°44′49″E / 38.80583°N 42.74694°E / 38.80583; 42.74694Coordinates: 38°48′21″N 42°44′49″E / 38.80583°N 42.74694°E / 38.80583; 42.74694
Country  Turkey
Province Bitlis
Government
 • Mayor Necati Gürsoy (AKP)
 • Kaymakam Özer Özbek
Area[1]
 • District 819.37 km2 (316.36 sq mi)
Elevation 1,650 m (5,410 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 13,973
 • District 31,335
 • District density 38/km2 (99/sq mi)
Website www.adilcevaz.com

Adilcevaz (also known as Elcevaz) is a town and district capital of the same-named district within Bitlis Province of Turkey. The city is on the shore of Lake Van. The ancient name of the city is "Artske" or "Artsike," which is in the Armenian language. Its mayor is Necati Gürsoy (AKP).

Because of numerous civilizations which have had settlements in Adilcevaz, the city has many ruins and historical artifacts from different eras. Urartians, Persians, Assyrians, Macedonians, Arabs, Byzantines, Armenians have lived in Adilcevaz in different periods. Today, contrary to the traditionally Armenian population which once lived in the east of Turkey, there are almost exclusively Kurdish people here, due to Armenian Genocide in the 1900s.

The famous Kef castle built by the Seljuk Turks lies 10km west of Adilcevaz on a mountain. Monastery of the Miracles, also known as Monastery of Ardzgue (Armenian: Սքանչելագործ վանք), is 2.18 miles northwest of Adilcevaz in the hills to the north of Lake Van.

Adilcevaz is famous for its special kind of walnuts (ceviz in Turkish). There are many types of regional foods, fruits and herbs. Adilcevaz has developed into an enhanced city that attracts tourists due to its peaceful environment and newly constructed sports complexes. A watersports complex includes waterskiing and wide swimming areas.

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. 
  • İpek, Yasin Derleyen Mehmet Çağrı ARSAN "Tarihle Doganin Birlestigi Yer Adilcevaz" Lacin Yayinlari, Kayseri, 2006

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