Diyarbakır Province


Diyarbakır Province
Diyarbakır Province
Diyarbakır ili
—  Province of Turkey  —
Location of Diyarbakır Province in Turkey
Country Turkey
Region Southeastern Anatolia
Capital Diyarbakır
Area
 – Total 15,355 km2 (5,928.6 sq mi)
Population (2010-12-31)[1]
 – Total 1,528,958
 – Density 99.6/km2 (257.9/sq mi)
Area code(s) 0090412
Vehicle registration 21
Website diyarbakır.gov.tr

Diyarbakır Province (Turkish: Diyarbakır ili) is a province in eastern Turkey. The province covers an area of 15,355 km² and the population is 1,528,958. The provincial capital is Diyarbakir

It has been home to many civilisations and the surrounding area including itself is home to many Mesolithic era stone carvings and artifacts. The province has been ruled by Hittites, Assyria, Armenians, Persia, Macedonian and Seleucid Greeks, Rome, Parthia, Byzantium, Sassanid Persia, Arabs, Seljuk Empire, Mongol Empire, Safavid dynasty, Ottoman Empire and finally the Republic of Turkey.

Diyarbakir was an early stronghold of Syriac Christianity, and also of Armenian Christians. Before World War I, Christian ethnic groups made up 30% of the population. Since World War I, due the massacres of the Christian population and mass imigration[citation needed], only a few thousand Christians still live in the province, some in the city of Diyarbakir, and others in Assyrian and Armenian villages.

The Kurds are the predominant population. Other groups include Turks, Assyrians, Armenians, Arabs and Yazidis.

Districts

Diyarbakır province is divided into 14 districts (capital district in bold):

References

  1. ^ Turkish Statistical Institute, MS Excel document – Population of province/district centers and towns/villages and population growth rate by provinces

External links

Coordinates: 38°08′32″N 40°16′16″E / 38.14222°N 40.27111°E / 38.14222; 40.27111


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