Gevaş (Armenian: Ոստան, romanizedVostan, lit.'[princely] court',[3] Kurdish: Westan[4]) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. It is located on the south shore of Lake Van. In the last elections of March 2019, Murat Sezer from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was elected Mayor.[5] As Kaymakam, Hamit Genç was appointed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoĝan in July 2019.[6]

Vostan • Ոստան
Gevaş is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 38°17′52″N 43°06′20″E / 38.29778°N 43.10556°E / 38.29778; 43.10556Coordinates: 38°17′52″N 43°06′20″E / 38.29778°N 43.10556°E / 38.29778; 43.10556
 • MayorMurat Sezer (AKP)
 • KaymakamHamit Genç
 • District968.00 km2 (373.75 sq mi)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density30/km2 (78/sq mi)
Post code

Historically, Gevaş was for some time the main town of the Armenian kingdom of Vaspurakan and later between the 14th and 15th centuries the centre of a small Kurdish emirate. In their time the settlement had moved nearer to the lake.[3] Later the town was incorporated in the Ottoman Empire. Before World War I, the district had a Muslim majority with a large Christian Armenian minority.

Main sights include surviving ruins of the castle, the monumental tomb known as Halime Hatun Kümbeti, built in 1358, very likely for the daughter of a local emir,[3] a mosque built before 1446 (restoration in that year), the tomb of Sheikh Ibrahim, father of Halime Hatun[3] as well as the ruins of an Armenian church in Ili, probably built after 941 and an Armenian Church/monastery on Kuşadası Island west of Aghtamar Island.[3]

Gevaş tomb


  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. ^ a b c d e Sinclair, T.A. (1989). Eastern Turkey: An Architectural & Archaeological Survey, Volume I. Pindar Press. pp. 222–223. ISBN 9780907132325.
  4. ^ Adem Avcıkıran (2009). Kürtçe Anamnez Anamneza bi Kurmancî (PDF) (in Turkish and Kurdish). p. 57. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Van Gevaş Seçim Sonuçları - 31 Mart 2019 Yerel Seçimleri". Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  6. ^ "KAYMAKAMIMIZ". Retrieved 2020-04-21.