View of Pertek, the 16th century Celebi Ali mosque is visible in the left of the image. In the background is lake Keban.
Coordinates: 38°52′01″N 39°19′30″E / 38.86694°N 39.32500°E / 38.86694; 39.32500Coordinates: 38°52′01″N 39°19′30″E / 38.86694°N 39.32500°E / 38.86694; 39.32500
Country  Turkey
Province Tunceli
  Mayor Recai Vural (AKP)
  Kaymakam Murat Çağri Erdinç
  District 945.02 km2 (364.87 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
  Urban 7,077
  District 12,198
  District density 13/km2 (33/sq mi)
Post code 62500
Climate Csa
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Pertek (Armenian: Բերդակ), (Kurdish: Pêrtag) is a small city and its surrounding district in Tunceli Province of modern Turkey. Pertag, means "tiny fortress" in Armenian.

The area of Pertek was ruled by different empires in its history. In the medieval period such as the Armenians and Byzantines before being taken over by different Islamic dynasties after the 11th century. Later it became part of the Ilkhanids and others and finally became part of the Ottoman Empire in the early 16th century. During the Ottoman period Pertek was a hereditary Kurdish sanjak.[3] The old town of Pertek was located near the citadel but was abandoned in 1838 and moved to its current location.[3] Before the Armenian genocide it was populated by Armenians, Turks and Kurds. Today the city is populated by Turks and Kurds. The mayor is Recai Vural (AKP). The city has a population of 6,341.

There are two historic Ottoman mosques in Pertek.[3]The Baysungur mosque (16th century)[3] and Celebi Ali mosque (16th century).[3] The mosques were later dismantled and moved from the site of the old town to protect them from flooding in Lake Keban.[3] Nearby Pertek is a medieval castle.[3] There are other historic sights in the nearby area. The village of Sağman has a ruined citadel with a 16th-century mosque, tomb and tekke built by the Kurdish sanjak bey Keykusrav.[3]


  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. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Sinclair, T.A. (1989). Eastern Turkey: An Architectural & Archaeological Survey, Volume I. Pindar Press. pp. 77–83–84–85–102–103–158. ISBN 9780907132325.
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