General view of Eleşkirt
|• Mayor||Sebahattin Sarı (AKP)|
|• Kaymakam||Mustafa Koç|
|• District||1,545.18 km2 (596.60 sq mi)|
|• District density||25/km2 (65/sq mi)|
Eleşkirt or Kurdish Zêdikan, is a town and district of Ağrı Province in Turkey. Its name was transferred from Alashkert (Armenian: Ալաշկերտ Alaškert), the valley's former administrative centre, now the village of Toprakkale. Until the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 the town was heavily populated by Turks, Azeris, Kurds and, to some extent, Armenians.
The mayor is Sebahattin Sarı (AKP).
Places to see
Eleşkirt is a small town on a plain surrounded by high mountains, that has been occupied since the kingdom of the Urartu, as can be seen from:
- A burial mound (höyük) in the village of Pirabat
- The castle in the village of Toprakkale (ku:Kelê). In antiquity the district was ruled from the castle which was successively occupied by Romans, Persians, Armenians, Arabs, Greek Byzantines, Seljuk Turks, Mongols and then further waves of Turks. There is a mosque which was built in 1687 in this village.
- There is a mountain named Kösedağ near the town. It is popular for climbing and, in winter, skiing. Actually a lot of tourists come to see and climb this mountain from different countries every year.
- "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.
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