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Damal is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 41°20′30″N 42°50′30″E / 41.34167°N 42.84167°E / 41.34167; 42.84167Coordinates: 41°20′30″N 42°50′30″E / 41.34167°N 42.84167°E / 41.34167; 42.84167
Country Turkey
Province Ardahan
 • Mayor Ergin Önal (CHP)
 • Kaymakam Mehmet Nuri Çetin
 • District 328.83 km2 (126.96 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 3,416
 • District 6,245
 • District density 19/km2 (49/sq mi)
Post code 75600
Website www.damal.bel.tr

Damal, formerly Petereke, is a town and district of Ardahan Province of Turkey, on the road from Kars to Posof.


Damal is on a route across the traditional Silk Road, connecting the Caucasus from Europe to Central Asia and has changed hands many times throughout history, between Georgians Medes, Persians, Ancient Romans, Byzantines and finally the Ottoman Turks. The region was briefly controlled by Imperial Russia but later restored to Turkey after World War One.


This is a rural area in high mountain, a collection of villages rather than a district built around a central town, watered by mountain springs, the district was created in order to bring more public buildings and government jobs and thus stem the drift of people away from the area. This part of a Turkey has a cold, hard climate, temperatures drop to -38°C(36,4°F) in winter.

The rag dolls of Damal are renowned and have won prizes in craftwork festivals.

Villages in the district[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.