Coordinates: 37°11′38″N 40°35′10″E / 37.19389°N 40.58611°E / 37.19389; 40.58611Coordinates: 37°11′38″N 40°35′10″E / 37.19389°N 40.58611°E / 37.19389; 40.58611
Country Turkey
Province Mardin
  Mayor İsmail Ası (BDP)
  Kaymakam Erkan Yırık
  District 1,416.37 km2 (546.86 sq mi)
Elevation 498 m (1,634 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 147,585
  District 228,356
  District density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Post code 47440

Kızıltepe (Kurdish: Qoser, Ottoman Turkish: Koçhisar or Tell-Ermen (meaning "Armenian hill"),[3] Arabic: دنيصر) is a town in, and a district of Mardin Province of Turkey. As of 2014, the town had a population of 225,888. Most of the people are Kurds but there are some Arabs, Turks (who came here for government business) and Christians.

The town has a historic 13th century great Friday mosque built by the Artukids. It was also the scene of clashes between protesting Kurds and Turkish riot police in 2006.[4]

Kızıltepe, with +48.8 °C (119.84 °F) on August 14, 1993, holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Turkey.[5]


  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.
  3. Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 4 (1200-1350), David Thomas, Alexander Mallett, page 331, 2012

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