Doğanşehir, (Kurdish: Wêranşar/Mûhacîr),[3] also known as Muhacir, Viransehir, Viranşehir,[4] is a district of Malatya Province of Turkey. The mayor is Vahap Küçük (AKP). Historically the city was known as Sozopetra (Greek: Σωζόπετρα).

Doğanşehir is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 38°05′45″N 37°52′45″E / 38.09583°N 37.87917°E / 38.09583; 37.87917Coordinates: 38°05′45″N 37°52′45″E / 38.09583°N 37.87917°E / 38.09583; 37.87917
Country Turkey
 • MayorVahap Küçük (AKP)
 • KaymakamMehmet Soğukpınar
 • District1,239.61 km2 (478.62 sq mi)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density33/km2 (85/sq mi)
Post code


The altitude of the town in Malatya Province, 58 km away to the sea level elevation is 1,290 meters. Both Plains and mountains are part of the landscape to the east of the town of Adiyaman province, Çelikhan District, in southern province of Adiyaman and Gölbaşı Besni districts, west of Kahramanmaras Elbistan District, north east and Yeşilyurt Akçadağ districts are located.

  1. Latitude. 38.0919444°, Longitude. 37.8788889° [4]
  2. An artificial pond or lake at Polat Barajı, 12.2 km away, acts as the local resivior [4]
  3. A major stream 19.7 km away is an irrigation water channel cut in the land at Melet Deresi[4]
  4. A local dam, which is a barrier constructed across one of the nearby streams to impound water is 19.6 km away at Sürgü Barajı [4]

The nearest towns are Altıntop (3.5 km away),[4] Günedoğru (6 km away) [4] Çığlık (6.8 km away) [4]


The 2nd-century geographer Claudius Ptolemy records the city as Zizoatra (Greek: Ζιζόατρα), part of the province (strategia) of Lauiansene in Cappadocia.[5] In Byzantine times, it was known as Sozopetra (Σωζόπετρα) and Zapetra (Ζάπετρα, Zibatra in Arabic).[5]


  1. Area: 1290 km ²
  2. Total municipal Population: 60,708 (According to the 2000 General Population Census)
  3. City Population: 13,517 (according to the 2000 General Population Census)
  4. City Population: 14,794 (according to [4] in 2011)
  5. Population Density: 50 per km

The area of the town is 1,290 km ². General population according to year 2000 census total population of 60,708 and 13,517 population centres, villages and township population of 47,191 'roll', 5 district of the town, 6 of the municipality has 31 villages.

Dogansehir is in the same time zone as Istanbul.[4]


Significant improvements in the fruit industry has made agriculture the District's most important source of income. It includes apricots and an increase in the production of apples. Livestock is usually farmed in the village. Both the district and the villages of central and traditional values, importance is given to local custom. Tourism, mountaineering and monitoring local wildlife are also new attractions.[6]


The nearest railway/railroad station s located 13 km away at Kadılı İstasyonu and 18. 5 km away at Suçatı İstasyonu. It has facilities comprising ticket office, platforms, etc. and handled train passengers and rail-freight.[4] The local mountain passes are used for transportation from one side to the other of the local mountain ranges at Kömürcü Gediği (18.7 km away), Reşadiye Geçidi (23.2 km away) and Bitme Geçidi (24.7 km away).[4]

See alsoEdit


  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.
  3. ^ adem Avcıkıran (2009). Kürtçe Anamnez Anamneza bi Kurmancî (PDF) (in Turkish and Kurdish). p. 55. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Doğanşehir / Dogansehir, Malatya, Turkey, Asia". TR: Retrieved 2011-10-06.
  5. ^ a b E. Honigmann: Σωζόπετρα.(in German) In: Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft (RE). Vol. III A,1, Stuttgart 1927, col. 1256.
  6. ^ "Stay at the finest hotels with TravelingLuck Hotels". Retrieved 2020-12-02.

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