Tatvan

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Tatvan
Overview of Tatvan from Nemrut-Dagi
Overview of Tatvan from Nemrut-Dagi
Tatvan is located in Turkey
Tatvan
Tatvan
Coordinates: 38°30′08″N 42°16′53″E / 38.50222°N 42.28139°E / 38.50222; 42.28139Coordinates: 38°30′08″N 42°16′53″E / 38.50222°N 42.28139°E / 38.50222; 42.28139
CountryTurkey
ProvinceBitlis
Government
 • MayorFettah Aksoy (AKP)
 • KaymakamOrhan Şefik Güldibi
Area
 • District1,606.46 km2 (620.26 sq mi)
Elevation
1,690 m (5,540 ft)
Population
 (2012)[2]
 • Urban
67,035
 • District
85,490
 • District density53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Post code
13200
Websitewww.tatvan.bel.tr

Tatvan (Armenian: Դատվան Datvan, Kurdish: Têtwan) is a city on the western shore of Lake Van. It is the chief city of Tatvan District within Bitlis Province in eastern Turkey, and has about 96,000 inhabitants. The mayor is Fettah Aksoy (AKP).

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Tatvan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0.6
(33.1)
1.5
(34.7)
5.1
(41.2)
11.5
(52.7)
17.2
(63.0)
23.3
(73.9)
28.1
(82.6)
28.0
(82.4)
23.8
(74.8)
16.1
(61.0)
8.9
(48.0)
2.9
(37.2)
13.9
(57.1)
Average low °C (°F) −5.0
(23.0)
−5.5
(22.1)
−2.1
(28.2)
2.8
(37.0)
6.9
(44.4)
10.8
(51.4)
14.5
(58.1)
14.2
(57.6)
10.6
(51.1)
5.7
(42.3)
0.7
(33.3)
−3.2
(26.2)
4.2
(39.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 89
(3.5)
107
(4.2)
111
(4.4)
124
(4.9)
79
(3.1)
26
(1.0)
6
(0.2)
6
(0.2)
13
(0.5)
80
(3.1)
108
(4.3)
95
(3.7)
844
(33.2)
Source: Climate-data.org

Transport[edit]

Tatvan is the eastern terminus of the railway line from Ankara, with freight and passenger trains. It is connected eastwards to Van, 100 km away, and westwards to the rest of Turkey, by Highway D300. There is also a train ferry across the lake to Van. The ferry was upgraded in 2015.

There is no railway around the lake to Van; it is intended eventually to build one but to date there are no plans. This would actually create an unbroken rail link between Europe and the Indian subcontinent, as Van is effectively the western terminus of the Iranian railway network.

See also[edit]

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.

External links[edit]

Media related to Category:Tatvan at Wikimedia Commons