Location of Bitlis Province in Turkey
|Region||Central East Anatolia|
|• Electoral district||Bitlis|
|• Total||6,707 km2 (2,590 sq mi)|
|• Density||51/km2 (130/sq mi)|
Bitlis was formed as an administrative district in the 17th Century. The administrative center was the town of Bitlis (Kurdish: Bidlîs, Armenian: Բիթլիս), which was called Bagesh, in old Armenian sources.
Bitlis Province is divided into 7 districts (the capital district is in bold):
As of 1920, the province was producing small amounts of iron, copper, lead, and sulphur. Even smaller amounts of gold and silver were found in the areas of Sairt and Khairwan. Salt made up the largest mineral industry in the province, so much that it was exported to surrounding provinces. The salt was produced in pans, using evaporation, and taking 8 to 10 days to mature. The technique and trade was mainly run by local Kurds. 
- Turkish Statistical Institute, MS Excel document – Population of province/district centers and towns/villages and population growth rate by provinces
- Watts, Nicole F. (2010). Activists in Office: Kurdish Politics and Protest in Turkey (Studies in Modernity and National Identity). Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-295-99050-7.
- Britannica: Bitlis
- Prothero, W.G. (1920). Armenia and Kurdistan. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 71.
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