Gevaş (Kurdish: Westan‎,[3] Armenian: Ոստան, Vostan, meaning "[princely] court";[4] Kurdish: Westan‎) is a district of Van Province of Turkey. The mayor is Sinan Hakan (AKP). It is located on the south shore of Lake Van.

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
Country Turkey
 • MayorSinan Hakan (AKP)
 • KaymakamYusuf Güni
 • 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.[4] 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: some surviving ruins of the castle, the monumental tomb known as Halime Hatun Kümbeti, build in 1358, verily likely for the daughter of a local emir.[4] A mosque build before 1446 (restoration in that year) and the tomb of Sheikh Ibrahim, father of Halime Hatun.[4] The ruins of an Armenian church in Ili, probably built after 941 and an Armenian Church/monastery on Kusadasi island west of Akdamar Island.[4]

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. ^ Adem Avcıkıran (2009). Kürtçe Anamnez Anamneza bi Kurmancî (PDF) (in Turkish and Kurdish). p. 57. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e Sinclair, T.A. (1989). Eastern Turkey: An Architectural & Archaeological Survey, Volume I. Pindar Press. pp. 222–223. ISBN 9780907132325.