Kiğı (Kurdish: Gêxî, Armenian: Քղի Kʿġi) is a town and district of Bingöl Province in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. The mayor is Hikmet Özüağ (AKP). The district has a population of 3,188 out of which 1,604 live in the town of Kiğı.
|• Mayor||Hikmet Özüağ (AKP)|
|• Kaymakam||Onur Yeniay|
|• District||367.91 km2 (142.05 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,700 m (5,600 ft)|
|• District density||13/km2 (34/sq mi)|
Historically this area was ruled by different Armenian, Byzantine, Kurdish and Turkic dynasties. During the Middle Ages, Kiğı had been a mint town of the Ilkhanids The town became a part of the Ottoman Empire was a sanjak of the Erzurum Eyalet. Historically a nearby iron mine was used but mining stopped in 17th century. The main sights in the town are the citadel, the mosque built in 1401/02 and commissioned by Pir Ali son of the Aq Qoyunlu Kutlu.The medieval Muslim tomb and bathhouse of Yazıcızadeler and the ruins of a church. There were battles in this area between the Russians and Ottomans during World War I. The current location of the town was moved here after a Safavid raid in the 16th century, the old site was near the citadel. But the present structure is largely a restoration from later times. Five 3rd class passengers on board of RMS Titanic came from this town, surviving only one.
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- District governor's official website (in Turkish)
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