Coordinates: TR 37°41′39″N 37°51′41″E / 37.69417°N 37.86139°E / 37.69417; 37.86139Coordinates: TR 37°41′39″N 37°51′41″E / 37.69417°N 37.86139°E / 37.69417; 37.86139
Country  Turkey
Province Adıyaman Province
  Mayor İbrahim Öztürk (SP)
  Kaymakam Aytaç Akgül
  District 1,150.90 km2 (444.36 sq mi)
Elevation 1,050 m (3,440 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 28,331
  District 78,462
  District density 68/km2 (180/sq mi)
Post code 02300

Besni is a district of Adıyaman Province of Turkey, 44 km west of the city of Adıyaman. The population of the eponymous city center was 29,102 in 2010. The mayor is İbrahim Öztürk (SP).

The town was brought into the Islamic world by the Ummayads and brought into the Ottoman Empire by sultan Selim I.

Besni is an agricultural region best known for its high quality pale-coloured raisins (which is known as "Grapes of Besni" ) and for a meat and vegetable casserole dish called Besni Tavası.

All the mountain slopes covered by vineyards."Bedirse" was the famous region for "summer vineyard houses". In the past, because of the danger of earthquakes, many families have migrated to the cities of western Turkey.

There is an institute of the University of Adıyaman here.


  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.

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