Kâhta

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Kâhta
Kâhta is located in Turkey
Kâhta
Kâhta
Coordinates: 37°46′49″N 38°37′18″E / 37.78028°N 38.62167°E / 37.78028; 38.62167Coordinates: 37°46′49″N 38°37′18″E / 37.78028°N 38.62167°E / 37.78028; 38.62167
Country Turkey
Province Adıyaman
Government
 • Mayor Abdurrahman Toprak (AKP)
 • Kaymakam Ahmet Gazi KAYA
Area[1]
 • District 1,358.82 km2 (524.64 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 66,503
 • District 117,794
 • District density 87/km2 (220/sq mi)
Post code 02400
Website www.kahtabeyan.com

Kâhta (Kurdish: Kolîk, Syriac: ܓܟܬܝ/ Gakhti [kh = h], Ottoman Turkish: کولک / Kökük[3]) is a large district of Adıyaman Province of Turkey. Population 63,216 (as of 2010).

Kâhta is a small town in attractive countryside at the foot of Mount Nemrut and has a thriving business providing food, accommodation and transport (in the form of shared taxis or minibuses) to people visiting the mountain. Most businesses in the town are small and welcoming. The food found here includes grilled carp and trout, sis kebab, Turkish pizza.

Despite a growing tourism industry, this area is still classified as a developing rural region. The winters are especially cold and hard in these mountains. Families' Socio-economic status are below the average of Turkey. Since the 1970s in the face of these conditions many families from Kâhta have migrated to the cities of western Turkey.

The population of Kâhta is mostly of Kurdish origin from Reshwan tribe (Yazidi origin).[citation needed]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Nemrut Dağı or Mount Nemrut - now a national park, famous for the antique statuary on the summit, dating back to the Commagene Kingdom.
  • Karakuş hill, with a large statue of an eagle.
  • Kâhta castle
  • Severan Bridge, a Roman bridge.

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. 
  3. ^ Tahir Sezen, Osmanlı Yer Adları (Alfabetik Sırayla), T.C. Başbakanlık Devlet Arşivleri Genel Müdürlüğü, Yayın Nu 21, Ankara, p. 264.