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Muradiye Waterfalls
Muradiye Waterfalls
Muradiye is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 38°59′41″N 43°46′05″E / 38.99472°N 43.76806°E / 38.99472; 43.76806Coordinates: 38°59′41″N 43°46′05″E / 38.99472°N 43.76806°E / 38.99472; 43.76806
Country Turkey
 • MayorYılmaz Şalan (HDP)
 • KaymakamErkan Savar
 • District1,049.17 km2 (405.09 sq mi)
1,700 m (5,600 ft)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Post code

Muradiye (Kurdish: Bêgirî,[3] Armenian: Բերկրի, romanizedBerkri) is a town and district in the Van Province of Turkey.


Remains of the St. Stephen Armenian Church.

The tenth-century Byzantine text De Administrando Imperio mentions "Perkri" belonging to King Ashot I Bagratuni at the beginning of the ninth century before being turned over to an Arab ruler, Abu'l-Ward.[4] After the death of Ashot's son, Smbat I, another Arab ruler, Abu Sawada, took possession of Berkri.[5]

Forced evacuations[edit]

The Muradiye district also experienced forced evacuations of some of its inhabitants as a consequence of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict.[6]


Mehmet Ali Tunç was elected mayor in the local elections 2014.[7] He was detained and a trustee was appointed instead in January 2017.[8] In the local elections in March 2019, Yılmaz Şalan from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was elected mayor in the local elections.[9] On the 6 November 2019, Şalan was arrested due to charges relating to terrorism.[10] The current Kaymakam is Erkan Savar.[11]


In the early 2000s, there was reported a lack of teachers. Teachers were teaching more than 50 children per average.[12]


In 1976 an earthquake occurred in Muradiye, Van and caused the death of about 3640 people and leaving 51'000 people homeless.[13]

See also[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. ^ "Festnahme von mehreren Aktivisten in Bêgirî". ANF News (in German). Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  4. ^ Constantine Porphyrogenitos. De Administrando Imperio, ed. Gyula Moravcsik and trans. Romilly J.H. Jenkins (Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2009), ch. 44, p. 199.
  5. ^ Constantine Porphyrogenitos, De Administrando Imperio, ch. 44, p. 201.
  6. ^ Celiker, Anna Grabolle (2013). Kurdish Life in Contemporary Turkey: Migration, Gender and Ethnic Identity. I.B.Tauris. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-1-78076-092-6.
  7. ^ Şafak, Yeni (2019-07-12). "Van Muradiye Seçim Sonuçları – Muradiye Yerel Seçim Sonuçları". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  8. ^ "Trustee Appointed to Muradiye Municipality". Bianet. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Van Muradiye Seçim Sonuçları - 31 Mart 2019 Yerel Seçimleri". Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  10. ^ "Co-mayors of Muradiye, Özalp and Başkale arrested". ANF News. Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  11. ^ "Muradiye Kaymakamlığı". Retrieved 2019-12-07.
  12. ^ Celiker, Anna Grabolle (2013-02-28). Kurdish Life in Contemporary Turkey: Migration, Gender and Ethnic Identity. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-78076-092-6.
  13. ^ Güney, D. "Van earthquakes (23 October 2011 and 9 November 2011) and performance of masonry and adobe structures" (PDF). Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. Retrieved 1 March 2020.