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About Ağrı

Ağrı province which is located on the border between Turkey and Iran has been established on a plateau 1650 m above from the sea level. Ağrı province, which is one of the gates opening to Anatolia, has hosted different civilizations for centuries. It is named after Mount which is the biggest mountain of Turkey and Europe with its 5.137 m height. Mount Ağrı is called as Mount Ararat by the westerners because the Mount Ararat and its country which are mentioned in Torah in relation with the Noah Flood are believed in that region.

Districts: Ağrı province consists of 8 districts including Merkez district. These districts are Diyadin, Doğubayazıt, Eleşkirt, Hamur, Patnos, Taşlıçay and Tutak.

Diyadin: The district, which is located in the east of the province and known for its hot springs, is established on the bank of Murat river, located at 7 km south of Ağrı-Doğubayazıt way. Davut, Köprü and Yılanlı hot springs, which are located 7 km away from the district, is a source of healing for the diseases such as skin diseases, attack of nerves, stomach-bowel and kidney diseases, gynaecological diseases, respiratory tract diseases, rheumatism and sciatica. Thermal springs have a high potential for health tourism and greenhouse cultivation and are currently used for house heating. The district, which is rich in thermal spring and mineral water, has a marble and gold mine.

Doğubayazıt: Gürbulak Border Gate and Iran Borders are in the east of the district, which is located on Erzurum-Iran way on the 93km east of the city center, and Taşlıçay and Diyadin districts are in the west of district and Mount Ağrı and Iğdır Province is located in its northern side and Çaldıran district in the southern side. Ishak Pasha Palace is the most important historical building in the district which hosts Mount Ağrı. Meteor crater, which is near to Iran border, ice cave, Urartu Castle, Bayazit Mosque, Bayazıt Castle and traces of Noah’s Ark are the interesting visiting places of the district. Ahmedi Hani, who lived in Doğubeyazıt and whose tomb is very close to İshak Pasha Palace, is the most important moral value of the district. The district, which has a border with Iran, has many experienced businessmen on foreign trade. Most of the companies who make foreign trade in Ağrı are located in Doğubayazıt. There are many businessmen from Doğubayazıt in metropolitan cities such as İstanbul and Ankara.

Eleşkirt: Because Murat Valley is at the west end way of Erzurum, and a bridge between Iran and Caucasus and Anatolia, Eleşkirt, which has been an important settlement through the history under the rule of many civilizations, joined to Ottoman Empire in 1514.

Hamur: The district is located 15 km south of Ağrı, and on the Ağrı-Van (Erciş) highway route and also it is at the eastern side of the Murat Valley. Economy of the district is not developed and its most important economic activity area is stockbreeding.

Patnos: Patnos is located in the Upper Murat-Van region of Eastern Anatolia. Because the district was established at the intersection of Ağrı-Van, Ağrı-Muş and Ağrı-Bitlis highways, this fact increases its importance. Ağrı is the second largest district following Merkez district.

Taşlıçay: 2000m high mountains in the north and south of Taşlıçay district which is located in the middle of Ağrı province are divided by Murat Valley in the middle. The land has volcanic feature and its highest point is the Kocbaşı Hill on Aladağ in the south.

Tutak: The north of the district is surrounded by Kılıçgedik and Rutan mountains. Murat River, one of the two important branches of Euphrates, passes through the district center. Other than Murat river, which thoroughly passes the district from the northeast to southwest, there are other large and small rivers such as Arabalı, Esmer, Atabindi, Karahalit, Çelebaşı.