Adıyaman Province

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Adıyaman Province

Adıyaman ili
Location of Adıyaman Province in Turkey
Location of Adıyaman Province in Turkey
RegionSoutheast Anatolia
 • Electoral districtAdıyaman
 • GovernorMahmut Çuhadar
 • Total7,606.16 km2 (2,936.75 sq mi)
 • Total624,513
 • Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Area code(s)0416
Vehicle registration02

Adıyaman Province (Turkish: Adıyaman ili, Kurdish: Parêzgeha Semsûrê[2]) is a province in south-central Turkey. It was created in 1954 out of part of Malatya Province.[3] It has an area of 7,606.16 km² and a population of 590,935 (2010 est.), up from 513,131 in 1990. The capital is Adıyaman. The province is mostly Kurdish and religiously conservative.[4][5]

The area has been inhabited since the earliest times and many civilisations have settled there. There are places of historical interest that attract visitors. Nemrud Dağı is a major site of interest there, noted for its sanctuary of statues built by Antiochus I Theos of Commagene. It is accessed through the town of Kâhta.

A branch of the large Atatürk reservoir lies between Adıyaman and the town of Samsat.


Until the 1950s, Adıyaman was a city in the province of Malatya. It was made into a province in its own right, on 1 December 1954, as a reward for voting for the winning Democratic Party in the 1954 general election.[3]

Adıyaman has since proved relatively high vote shares for Islamist politician, Necmettin Erbakan. His movement (then, the National Salvation Party) scored a landmark 15% there in 1973 a few years after its modest beginning, and his score went on to gradually increase. After being damaged by the military coup in 1980, Erbakan's party (which had become the Welfare Party) came back to win the province with 29.24% and 27% in 1994 and 1999, respectively.[6][7]

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's AKP won the 2004 local elections with 39.21%.[8]


Some of the statues near the peak of Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut is a 2,134-metre-high (7,001 ft) mountain in Adıyaman Province.


Adıyaman province is divided into nine districts:


  1. ^ "Population of provinces by years - 2000-2018". Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Parêzgeha Semsûrê çûn û hatina bajêr qedexe kir". Peyama Kurd (in Kurdish). 2 April 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "The Heritage of the Kingdom of Commagene - Adıyaman".
  4. ^ "The Islamic State's secret recruiting ground in Turkey". Al-Monitor. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Divided loyalties as Kurds hold key to Turkish election". Reuters. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Adıyaman Seçim Sonuçları 1994" (in Turkish). Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Adıyaman Seçim Sonuçları 1999" (in Turkish). Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Adıyaman Seçim Sonuçları 2004" (in Turkish). Retrieved 8 September 2013.