Palu, Elazığ

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Palu is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 38°42′14″N 39°57′04″E / 38.70389°N 39.95111°E / 38.70389; 39.95111Coordinates: 38°42′14″N 39°57′04″E / 38.70389°N 39.95111°E / 38.70389; 39.95111
Country Turkey
 • MayorSaid Dağoğlu (AKP)
 • KaymakamAyhan Yazgan
 • District837.10 km2 (323.21 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban9,187
 • District20,377
 • District density24/km2 (63/sq mi)
Post code23500

Palu (Armenian: Բալու/Palou; formerly Romanopolis in Greek) is a town and district of Elazığ Province of Turkey. The mayor is Said Dağoğlu (AKP). It has a population of 8,652. The town historically had a significant Armenian population, which was exterminated during the genocide of 1915.[3] Notable residents include Katherine Magarian (1906–2001), a genocide survivor born in Baghin, Palou.[4]


  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. ^ Üngör, Uğur Ümit (2012). The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950. Oxford University Press. p. 81. ISBN 9780199655229.
  4. ^ "Armenian Genocide: Katherine Magarian's Story".