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Kiğı is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 39°19′00″N 40°21′00″E / 39.31667°N 40.35000°E / 39.31667; 40.35000Coordinates: 39°19′00″N 40°21′00″E / 39.31667°N 40.35000°E / 39.31667; 40.35000
 • MayorYılmaz Gündüz (CHP)
 • KaymakamErcan Çiçek
 • District367.91 km2 (142.05 sq mi)
1,700 m (5,600 ft)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density13/km2 (34/sq mi)
Post code

Kiğı (Kurdish: Gêxî‎, Armenian: Քղի Kʿġi) is a town and district of Bingöl Province in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. The mayor is Yılmaz Gündüz (CHP). The district has a population of 3.188 out of which 1.604 live in the town of Kiğı.

Historically this area was ruled by different Armenian, Byzantine, Kurdish and Turkic dynasties. The town became part of the Ottoman Empire in the early 16th century. There were battles in this area between the Russians and Ottomans during World War I. During the Middle Ages, Kiğı had been a mint town of the Ilkhanids.[3] Historically a nearby iron mine was used but mining stopped in 1820.[3] The main sights in the town are the citadel, the mosque built in 1401/02 and commissioned by Pir Ali son of the Aq Qoyunlu Kutlu.[3] But the present structure is largely a restoration from later times.[3] The medieval Muslim tomb and bathhouse of Yazıcızadeler and the ruins of a church.[3] The current location of the town was moved here after a Safavid raid in the 16th century, the old site was near the citadel.[3] Five 3rd class passengers on board of RMS Titanic came from this town, surviving only one.


  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. ^ a b c d e f Sinclair, T.A. (1989). Eastern Turkey: An Architectural & Archaeological Survey, Volume III. Pindar Press. ISBN 9781904597780.

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