General view of Eleşkirt
|Coordinates: TR 39°47′53″N 42°40′28″E / 39.79806°N 42.67444°ECoordinates: TR 39°47′53″N 42°40′28″E / 39.79806°N 42.67444°E|
|• Mayor||Sebahattin Sarı (AKP)|
|• Kaymakam||Mustafa Koç|
|• District||1,545.18 km2 (596.60 sq mi)|
|• District density||25/km2 (65/sq mi)|
Eleşkirt, or Kurdish Zêdikan, is a town and district of Ağrı Province in Turkey. Its name is a transference from Alashkert (Armenian: Ալաշկերտ Alaškert), the valley's former administrative centre but now a village known as Toprakkale. At the time of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 approximately half of the population consisted of Armenians and the rest of Kurds and Turks.
The mayor is Sebahattin Sarı (AKP).
Places to see
Eleşkirt is a small town on a plain surrounded by high mountains, that has been occupied since the kingdom of the Urartu, as can be seen from:
- A burial mound (höyük) in the village of Pirabat
- The castle in the village of Toprakkale (ku:Kelê). In antiquity the district was ruled from the castle which was successively occupied by Romans, Persians, Armenians, Arabs, Greek Byzantines, Seljuk Turks, Mongols and then further waves of Turks. There is a mosque which was built in 1687 in this village.
- There is a mountain named Kösedağ near the town. It is popular for climbing and, in winter, skiing. Actually a lot of tourists come to see and climb this mountain from different countries every year.
- "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "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.
- Zatikyan, Hovhannes [Զատիկյան, Հովհաննես] Noravank, 2013, "Garin province in the second half of the nineteenth century" [ Կարինի նահանգը XIX դարի երկրորդ կեսին] pp. 391, 402 url = http://www.noravank.am/upload/pdf/KARINI_NAHANGY.pdf