General view of Eleşkirt
|• Mayor||Ramazan Yakut (Felicity Party)|
|• District||1,545.18 km2 (596.60 sq mi)|
|• District density||25/km2 (65/sq mi)|
Eleşkirt 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.
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:
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