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Van Province (Turkish: Van ili) is a province in eastern Turkey, between Lake Van and the Iranian border. It is 19,069 km2 in area and had a population of 1,035,418 at the end of 2010. Its adjacent provinces are Bitlis to the west, Siirt to the southwest, Şırnak and Hakkâri to the south, and Ağrı to the north. The capital is the city of Van. The majority of the province's population is Kurdish.
Cities, towns & villages in Van
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ErcişErciş (pronounced [eɾˈdʒiʃ]; Armenian: Ականց, Akants; historically Արճեշ, Artchesh, Kurdish: Erdîş‎) is a town and its surrounding district located in the Van Province, Turkey. The mayor is Diba Keskin (BDP). In Classical Antiquity, it was known as Arsissa, and as Arjish in Arabic and Western Armenian during the Middle Ages. The Byzantines knew it as Arzes (Ἂρζες or Ἀρζές) and the 10th-century emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos records in his De administrando imperio (Chapter XLIV) that it was under the rule of the Kaysite emirate of Manzikert. Show Ercişon the map
GevaşGevaş (Armenian: Ոստան, Vostan, meaning \"[princely] court\"; Kurdish: Westan‎) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Sinan Hakan (AKP). It is located on the south shore of Lake Van. Historically, Gevaş was for some time the main town of the Armenian kingdom of Vaspurakan and later between the 14th and 15th centuries the centre of a small Kurdish emirate. In their time the settlement had moved nearer to the lake. Later the town was incorporated in the Ottoman Empire. Before World War I the district had a Muslim majority with a large Christian Armenian minority. \n* Show Gevaşon the map
HamurkesenHamurkesen formerly Zernak or Zerinak is a village in the Gürpınar district of Van Province, Turkey. The village became part of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century and was invaded by the Russian Empire during the first World War.Hamurkesen lies in a valley near the road from Gürpınar to Hoşap and has several ruined historical monuments. Such as an Ottoman mosque in the village which was built in 1710. But its dome was probably destroyed during World War I. Close to the village is a ruined castle, probably medieval with Ottoman repairs. Nearby the castle is another old mosque. There is also a ruined bathhouse and Han (roadside inn) and a medieval Muslim cemetery but some of the stones have been smashed. Show Hamurkesenon the map
VanVan (Armenian: Վան; Kurdish: Wan‎; Ottoman Turkish: فان‎) is a city in eastern Turkey's Van Province, located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. The city has a long history as a major urban area. It has been a large city since the first millennium BC, initially as the capital of Urartu in the 9th century BC and later as the center of the Armenian Kingdom of Vaspurakan. It remained an important center of Armenian culture until the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Today, Van has a Kurdish majority and a sizable Turkish minority. Show Vanon the map
EdremitThis article is on the town and the district of Edremit in Van Province, eastern Turkey. For the town and the district of Edremit in Balıkesir Province, on the Aegean coast in western Turkey, see Edremit, Balıkesir. Edremit (Kurdish: Ertemêtan‎) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. The district's center town of the same name is situated on the coast of the Lake Van at a distance of 18 kilometres (11 mi) from the city of Van. Show Edremiton the map
BaşkaleBaşkale (Armenian: Ադամակերտ Adamakert; Kurdish: Elbak‎) is a town and district located in south-eastern Turkey in Van Province. There is one municipality in the Başkale district, the town centre, which was established 1937. The neighbourhoods of the town of Başkale are: Tepebaşı, Yeni mahalle, Camii-Kebir, Samandöken, Cevkan, Kale, Hafiziye, Tarım and Yakınyol. Show Başkaleon the map
ÇaldıranÇaldıran (Kurdish: Ebex‎) is a district and town in Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Faruk Demir (BDP). The battle of Bagiri Pass occurred here, in which Armenians fleeing from Van during the Armenian Genocide were intercepted by Kurdish Tribals, who killed many. The town is in an earthquake prone area; 3,840 people were killed by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 1976. Show Çaldıranon the map
GürpınarGürpınar (Kurdish: Payîzava‎) is a district of Van Province and 20 km (12 mi) south of the provincial capital Van. With an area of 4,700 km2, Gürpınar is the largest district of Turkey. It has 72 villages and several places of historical interest. Much of the residents of this area speak Kurmanci, the most commonly spoken dialect of the Kurdish language. Show Gürpınaron the map
BahçesarayBahçesaray (for other names see below) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. It was a bucak in Pervari district of Siirt Province until 1964 and Gevaş district of Van Province between 1964-1987. It is at a distance of 110 km from Van. The mayor is Mehmet Garip Aykut (BDP). Show Bahçesarayon the map
AzıklıBaz (Syriac-Aramaic: ܒܙ) was a semi-autonomous Assyrian district within Hakkari.It is currently a non-administrative region located in the Hakkâri Province of Turkey. To the north of Baz is located Kara Kuş, to the East is Jilu and to the south east is Dağ İçinde. Show Azıklıon the map
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SaraySaray (Kurdish: Mehmûdî‎) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Abdulkerim Çalışkan (BDP). Show Sarayon the map
ÖzalpÖzalp (Kurdish: Qerqelî‎) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Handan Bağcı (BDP). Show Özalpon the map
UlupamirUlupamir is a village in Erciş district, Van Province, Turkey. Show Ulupamiron the map
States, regions, administrative units in Van
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ErcişErciş (pronounced [eɾˈdʒiʃ]; Armenian: Ականց, Akants; historically Արճեշ, Artchesh, Kurdish: Erdîş‎) is a town and its surrounding district located in the Van Province, Turkey. The mayor is Diba Keskin (BDP). In Classical Antiquity, it was known as Arsissa, and as Arjish in Arabic and Western Armenian during the Middle Ages. The Byzantines knew it as Arzes (Ἂρζες or Ἀρζές) and the 10th-century emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos records in his De administrando imperio (Chapter XLIV) that it was under the rule of the Kaysite emirate of Manzikert.Show on map
Çatak BucağıÇatak (Kurdish: Şax‎, Armenian: Շատախ Šatax) is a district of Van Province of Turkey, near the border with Iran. The mayor is Celalettin Bartu (BDP). Two people were killed in a bomb explosion at an outdoor cafe in south-east Turkey, police stated on September 4, 2006. It followed a series of bombings in the last week of August 2006, at Turkish resorts and in Istanbul, that killed at least three people.Show on map
Gevaş İlçesiGevaş (Armenian: Ոստան, Vostan, meaning \"[princely] court\"; Kurdish: Westan‎) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Sinan Hakan (AKP). It is located on the south shore of Lake Van. Historically, Gevaş was for some time the main town of the Armenian kingdom of Vaspurakan and later between the 14th and 15th centuries the centre of a small Kurdish emirate. In their time the settlement had moved nearer to the lake. Later the town was incorporated in the Ottoman Empire. Before World War I the district had a Muslim majority with a large Christian Armenian minority. \n*Show on map
İpekyoluİpekyolu is a planned district and second level municipality in Van Province, Turkey. According to the 2012 Metropolitan Municipalities Law (law no. 6360), all Turkish provinces with a population more than 750 000, will be a metropolitan municipality and the districts within the metropolitan municipalities will be second level municipalities. The law also creates new districts within the provinces in addition to present districts. These changes will be effective by the local elections in 2014. On 30 March 2014, Aygül Bidav (BDP) was elected mayor.Show on map
TuşpaTuşba is a planned district and second level municipality in Van Province, Turkey. According to Law act no 6360, all Turkish provinces with a population more than 750 000, will be a metropolitan municipality and the districts within the metropolitan municipalities will be second level municipalities. The law also creates new districts within the provinces in addition to present districts. These changes will be effective by the local elections in 2014. On 30 March 2014, Fevzi Özgökçe (AKP) was elected mayor.Show on map
EdremitThis article is on the town and the district of Edremit in Van Province, eastern Turkey. For the town and the district of Edremit in Balıkesir Province, on the Aegean coast in western Turkey, see Edremit, Balıkesir. Edremit (Kurdish: Ertemêtan‎) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. The district's center town of the same name is situated on the coast of the Lake Van at a distance of 18 kilometres (11 mi) from the city of Van.Show on map
VanVan Province (Turkish: Van ili) is a province in eastern Turkey, between Lake Van and the Iranian border. It is 19,069 km2 in area and had a population of 1,035,418 at the end of 2010. Its adjacent provinces are Bitlis to the west, Siirt to the southwest, Şırnak and Hakkâri to the south, and Ağrı to the north. The capital is the city of Van. The majority of the province's population is Kurdish.Show on map
Başkale İlçesiBaşkale (Armenian: Ադամակերտ Adamakert; Kurdish: Elbak‎) is a town and district located in south-eastern Turkey in Van Province. There is one municipality in the Başkale district, the town centre, which was established 1937. The neighbourhoods of the town of Başkale are: Tepebaşı, Yeni mahalle, Camii-Kebir, Samandöken, Cevkan, Kale, Hafiziye, Tarım and Yakınyol.Show on map
Çaldıran İlçesiÇaldıran (Kurdish: Ebex‎) is a district and town in Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Faruk Demir (BDP). The battle of Bagiri Pass occurred here, in which Armenians fleeing from Van during the Armenian Genocide were intercepted by Kurdish Tribals, who killed many. The town is in an earthquake prone area; 3,840 people were killed by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 1976.Show on map
Gürpınar İlçesiGürpınar (Kurdish: Payîzava‎) is a district of Van Province and 20 km (12 mi) south of the provincial capital Van. With an area of 4,700 km2, Gürpınar is the largest district of Turkey. It has 72 villages and several places of historical interest. Much of the residents of this area speak Kurmanci, the most commonly spoken dialect of the Kurdish language.Show on map
Bahçesaray İlçesiBahçesaray (for other names see below) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. It was a bucak in Pervari district of Siirt Province until 1964 and Gevaş district of Van Province between 1964-1987. It is at a distance of 110 km from Van. The mayor is Mehmet Garip Aykut (BDP).Show on map
MuradiyeMuradiye (Armenian Berkri [Armenian: Բերկրի]; Kurdish: Bêgirî‎) is a town and district in the Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Mehmet Ali Tunç (BDP).Show on map
MuradiyeMuradiye (Armenian Berkri [Armenian: Բերկրի]; Kurdish: Bêgirî‎) is a town and district in the Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Mehmet Ali Tunç (BDP).Show on map
Saray İlçesiSaray (Kurdish: Mehmûdî‎) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Abdulkerim Çalışkan (BDP).Show on map
Özalp İlçesiÖzalp (Kurdish: Qerqelî‎) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Handan Bağcı (BDP).Show on map
Different buildings in Van
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Hoşap KalesiHoşap Castle (Turkish: Hoşap kalesi, Kurdish: Kela Xoşabê‎), is a large medieval castle located in the village of Güzelsu (previously Hoşap), Gürpınar District, Van Province, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. It is at a distance of approximately 50 km to the city center of Van. Most of the surviving structure was built by the local Ottoman-Kurdish governor Sarı Süleyman Bey in 1643. Hoşap or Xoşabê means Sunday in Aramaic. It also means \"beautiful water\" in Persian and \"Güzelsu\" has the same meaning in Turkish.Show on map
ÇavuştepeHaykaberd (Armenian: Հայկաբերդ; meaning \"Fortress of Hayk\"; Kurdish: Aspeşîn‎; Turkish: Çavuştepe) or Sardurihinilli is an ancient fortified site in the Gürpınar district of Van Province in Turkey's Eastern Anatolia region. It is located approximately 25 kilometers southeast of Van along the road leading to the city of Hakkâri, in a valley once known as Hayots Dzor (Armenian: Հայոց Ձոր; \"Valley of the Armenians\") in historic Armenia. It was used by the Urartian kings as a fortress during the 8th century BC.Show on map
Zernek BarajıZernek Dam is a rock-fill embankment dam on the Hoşap River, located 28 km (17 mi) southeast of Van in Van Province, Turkey. It was built between 1980 and 1988 and has an installed capacity of 5 MW.Show on map
Sarımehmet BarajıSarımehmet Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.Show on map
Koçköprü BarajıKoçköprü Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.Show on map
Lakes, rivers, streams and other bodies of water in Van
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Lake EtcekLake Erçek (Turkish: Erçek Gölü; Armenian: Արճակ լիճ) is an endorheic salt lake in Van Province in eastern Turkey, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of Lake Van. The lake sits at an elevation of about 1,803 metres (5,915 ft), and has an area of 106.2 square kilometres (41.0 sq mi) and a mean depth of 18.45 metres (60.5 ft). The northern and western shores are steep and rocky, whereas the southern and eastern shores slope gently with mudflats and coastal plains.Show on map
Mountains, roads, land forms, forests and other objects in Van
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Akdamar AdasıAkdamar Island (Turkish: Akdamar Adası), also known as Aghtamar (Armenian: Աղթամար) or Akhtamar (Armenian: Ախթամար), is the second largest of the four islands in Lake Van, in eastern Turkey. About 0.7 km² in size, it is situated about 3 km from the shoreline. At the western end of the island a hard, grey, limestone cliff rises 80 m above the lake's level (1,912 m above sea level). The island declines to the east to a level site where a spring provides ample water. It is home to the 10th century Armenian Holy Cross Cathedral, which was the seat of the Armenian Apostolic Catholicosate of Aghtamar from 1116 to 1895.Show on map
Yaka AdasıAdır Island (Turkish: Adır Adası) or Lim Island (Armenian: Լիմ կղզի Lim kghzi), is an island in Lake Van. During the Armenian genocide upwards of 12,000 Armenian women and children, crossed to the isle over a period of three days while a few dozen men covered their retreat from Hamidiye regiments. The Situation became soon critical because of a lack of food. The Armenian Monastery on the island was called St. George or Sourp Kevork. It was built in 1305 and expanded in 1621 and 1766. The Monastery is currently in ruins. The island also contains a cemetery of Armenian khachkars.Show on map
İçeriçarpanak AdasıÇarpanak Island (Turkish: Çarpanak Adası) or Ktuts or Ktouts (Armenian: Կտուց կղզի Ktuts kghzi), is a small island in Lake Van. It is now uninhabited, but formerly contained an Armenian monastery called Ktuts. The ruins of it can still be seen.Show on map