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Adilcevaz Արծկե
Adilcevaz Արծկե is located in Turkey
Adilcevaz Արծկե
Adilcevaz Արծկե
Coordinates: 38°48′21″N 42°44′49″E / 38.80583°N 42.74694°E / 38.80583; 42.74694
Country Turkey
 • MayorNecati Gürsoy (AKP)
 • KaymakamÖzer Özbek
 • District819.37 km2 (316.36 sq mi)
1,650 m (5,410 ft)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density38/km2 (99/sq mi)

Adilcevaz, Արծկե Armenian: Arcke, (also known as 'Elcevaz') is a town and district capital of the same-named district within Bitlis Province of Turkey. The city is on the shore of Lake Van. The ancient name of the city is "Artske" or "Artsike," which is in the Armenian language. Its mayor is Necati Gürsoy (Justice and Development Party (Turkey)).

Because of numerous civilizations which have had settlements in Adilcevaz, the city has many ruins and historical artifacts from different eras. Urartians, Persians, Assyrians, Macedonians, Arabs, Byzantines, Armenians have lived in Adilcevaz in different periods. According to today's statistics related to Adilcevaz's population, people living here are mostly Turkmen.

The famous Kef castle built by the Seljuk Turks lies 10km west of Adilcevaz on a mountain. Monastery of the Miracles, also known as Monastery of Ardzgue (Armenian: Սքանչելագործ վանք), is 2.18 miles northwest of Adilcevaz in the hills to the north of Lake Van.

Adilcevaz is famous for its special kind of walnuts (ceviz in Turkish). There are many types of regional foods, fruits and herbs. Adilcevaz has developed into an enhanced city that attracts tourists due to its peaceful environment and newly constructed sports complexes. A water sports complex includes water skiing and wide swimming areas.


  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.
  • İpek, Yasin Derleyen Mehmet Çağrı Arsan "Tarihle Doganin Birlestigi Yer Adilcevaz" Lacin Yayinlari, Kayseri, 2006

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