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Skyline of Türkgözü
Türkgözü is located in Turkey
Location of Türkgözü in Turkey
Coordinates: 41°34′48″N 42°49′10.20″E / 41.58000°N 42.8195000°E / 41.58000; 42.8195000Coordinates: 41°34′48″N 42°49′10.20″E / 41.58000°N 42.8195000°E / 41.58000; 42.8195000
Country Turkey
Region Eastern Anatolia
Province Ardahan
District Posof
Elevation 1,260 m (4,130 ft)
Population (2000)
 • Total 388
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 75800
Area code(s) +(90) 478
Website www.yerelnet.org.tr

Türkgözü (former Badele) is a village in the Posof district, Ardahan Province in north-eastern Turkey with a population of 388 (census 2000). It is a border crossing point to Vale in Georgia. Türkgözü is 97 km (60 mi) north of the province center Ardahan and 16 km (9.9 mi) northeast of Posof.

The residents of Türkgözü are Kipchaks,[citation needed] descendants of Turkic people from Central Asia, who came to the place from Akhaltsikhe region in the 18th century. In the past, many people left the village for economic reasons. With the opening of the border checkpoint in 1997, the emigration came to an end. Currently, 70 families live in the village.

A number of historical structures in the village, among them churches and graveyards, point to the early settlement of the place, which was formerly called Badele.

The village is set up on a plain that separates Kodiyan Plateau from Kobliyan Valley. The Posof Creek, running south-east of the village, forms part of the border to Georgia. There are three lakes around the settlement. Neighboring villages of Türkgözü in Turkey are Armutveren and Sarıdarı. The road D-955 (European route ) from Ardahan to Damal passes through Türkgözü.

The economy of the settlement relies mainly on agriculture, livestock, beekeeping and trade. The place is widely known for its "Badele apples".

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