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International Relations

About Ağrı

Located on Turkey's border with Iran, Agri province was founded on a 1650 meter high plateau. Ağrı, one of the gateways to Anatolia, has been home to different civilizations for centuries. The province was named Ağrı because of Mount Ararat, the largest mountain in Turkey and Europe with a height of 5,137 meters. Ağrı is also called Ararat by westerners because it is believed that Mount Ararat and its country, which is mentioned in the Torah due to its connection with Noah's Flood, is located in and around Ağrı.

Districts Ağrı province consists of 8 districts in total, including the central district. These are Diyadin, Doğubayazıt, Eleşkirt, Hamur, Patnos, Taşlıçay, Tutak districts.

Diyadin: Located in the east of the province and known for its hot springs, the district was established on the edge of the Murat River, 7 km south of the Ağrı-Doğubayazıt road. Davut, Köprü and Yılanlı thermal springs located 7 kilometers away from the district are a source of healing for diseases such as skin diseases, nervous breakdowns, gastrointestinal and kidney disorders, gynecological diseases, respiratory diseases and especially rheumatism and sciatica. Thermal springs have a high potential for health tourism and greenhouse cultivation and are currently used for residential heating. There are marble and gold mines in the district, which is rich in thermal springs and mineral waters.

Doğubayazıt: Located 93 km. east of the provincial center, on the Erzurum - Iran road, the district is bordered by the Gürbulak Border Gate and Iranian State borders to the east, Taşlıçay and Diyadin districts to the west, Ağrı Mountain and Iğdır province to the north, and Çaldıran district to the south. The most important historical monument in the district, which is home to Mount Ararat, is İshak Pasha Palace. In addition, the meteorite pit, ice cave, Urartu Castle, Bayazıt Mosque, Bayazıt Castle and the trace of Noah's Ark, located close to the Iranian border, are other places of interest in the district. Ahmedi Hani, who lives in Doğubayazıt and whose tomb is very close to İshakpaşa Palace, is the most important spiritual value of the district. The district, which borders Iran, has very experienced businessmen in foreign trade. The majority of companies engaged in foreign trade in Ağrı are based in Doğubayazıt. There are many businessmen from Doğubayazıt who carry out commercial activities with big cities such as Istanbul and Ankara.

Eleşkirt: Eleşkirt, which was an important settlement under the sovereignty of many civilizations in various periods of history due to its location at the western end of the Murat Valley, which passes through Erzurum, and being a bridge between Iran and the Caucasus and Anatolia, joined the Ottoman lands in 1514.

Hamur: Located 15 km south of Ağrı, the district is on the Ağrı-Van (Erciş) highway route and was established on the eastern side of the Murat Valley. The economy of the district is undeveloped and the most important economic activity is animal husbandry.

Patnos: Patnos district is located in the Upper Murat-Van section of Eastern Anatolia. The fact that the district is located on the intersection of Ağrı-Van, Ağrı-Muş and Ağrı-Bitlis highways increases its importance. It is the second largest district of Ağrı after the center.

Taşlıçay: Located in the central part of Ağrı province, Taşlıçay district is separated by the Murat Valley in the central part, with 2,000 m high mountains in the north and south. The terrain is volcanic and the highest point is Koçbaşı Hill on Aladağ in the south.

Tutak: The north of the district is surrounded by Kılıçgedik and Rutan mountains. Murat River, one of the two important branches of the Euphrates, passes through the district center. In addition to Murat, which crosses the territory of the district from northeast to southwest, there are large and small streams such as Arabalı, Esmer, Atabindi, Karahalit, Çelebaşı streams.