Kiğı (Kurdish: Gêxî‎,[3] Armenian: Քղի Kʿġi) is a town and district of Bingöl Province in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. The mayor is Hikmet Özüağ (AKP).[4] The district has a population of 3,188 out of which 1,604 live in the town of Kiğı.

Kiğı is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 39°19′00″N 40°21′00″E / 39.31667°N 40.35000°E / 39.31667; 40.35000Coordinates: 39°19′00″N 40°21′00″E / 39.31667°N 40.35000°E / 39.31667; 40.35000
 • MayorHikmet Özüağ (AKP)
 • KaymakamOnur Yeniay
 • District367.91 km2 (142.05 sq mi)
1,700 m (5,600 ft)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density13/km2 (34/sq mi)
Post code

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[5] 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.[6] 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.[5]The medieval Muslim tomb and bathhouse of Yazıcızadeler and the ruins of a church.[5] 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.[5] But the present structure is largely a restoration from later times.[5] Five 3rd class passengers on board of RMS Titanic came from this town, surviving only one.


  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. ^ Avcýkýran, Dr. Adem (ed.). "Kürtçe Anamnez, Anamneza bi Kurmancî" (PDF). Tirsik. p. 55. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  4. ^ Şafak, Yeni (2019-07-11). "Bingöl Kiğı Seçim Sonuçları – Kiğı Yerel Seçim Sonuçları". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  5. ^ a b c d e Sinclair, T.A. (1989). Eastern Turkey: An Architectural & Archaeological Survey, Volume III. Pindar Press. ISBN 9781904597780.
  6. ^ Sinclair, T. A. (1989-12-31). Eastern Turkey: An Architectural & Archaeological Survey, Volume III. Pindar Press. pp. 158–159. ISBN 978-1-904597-78-0.

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