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Artvin Province

Artvin Province
Artvin ili
Province of Turkey
Location of Artvin Province in Turkey
Location of Artvin Province in Turkey
Country Turkey
Region East Black Sea
Subregion Trabzon
 • Electoral district Artvin
 • Total 7,436 km2 (2,871 sq mi)
Population (2010-12-31)[1]
 • Total 164,759
 • Density 22/km2 (57/sq mi)
Area code(s) 0466
Vehicle registration 08

Artvin Province (Georgia.

The provincial capital is the city of Artvin.


  • Geography 1
  • Places of interest 2
  • Well-known residents 3
  • Districts 4
  • Sister cities 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Artvin is an attractive area of steep valleys carved by the Çoruh River system, surrounded by high mountains of Kaçkar, Karçal and Yalnızçam(up to 3900 m) and forest with much national parkland including the Karagöl-Sahara, which contains the Şavşat and Borçka lakes. The weather in Artvin is very wet and mild at the coast, and as a result is heavily forested. This greenery runs from the top all the way down to the Black Sea coast. The rain turns to snow at higher altitudes, and the peaks are very cold in winter.[2]

The forests are home to brown bears and wolves. The Çoruh is now being dammed in 11 places for hydro-electric power, including the 249 m Deriner Dam and others at Borçka and Muratlı.

In addition to the vast majority Russia during the 19th century. With such diverse peoples, Artvin has a rich variety of folk song and dance (see Arifana and Kochari for examples of folk culture).[4]

Local industries include bee-keeping especially in Macahel region.[5]

Artvin is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.

Places of interest

  • The city of Artvin has an ancient castle and a number of Ottoman period houses, mosques, and fountains.
  • Every June, there is a "bull-wrestling" festival in the high plateau of Kafkasör
  • The Georgian monastery

Popular places for walking and outdoor expeditions.

  • The Kaçkar Mountains are among the most-popular venues for trekking holidays in Turkey.
  • Macahel Valley on the Georgian border, is another popular location for walking holidays.
  • Papart forest in Şavşat
  • Genciyan Hill in Şavşat, overlooks the border and the Binboğa lakes.
  • The lakes of Şavşat and Borçka and the crater lake of Kuyruklu.
  • The Çoruh River is excellent for rafting and championships have been held here
  • There are a number of Georgian churches in the valleys of Yusufeli.
  • Bilbilan Yaylası - a typical Turkish high meadow.
  • Savangin pre-historical cave with an inscription written in an unknown or unsolved alphabet

Well-known residents


Districts of the Province of Artvin.
Central district also has the same name just like most provinces in Turkey.

In 1924, the Liva Sanjak was abolished and the Artvin Vilayet was created. Artvin Vilayet was combined with Rize to form Çoruh Vilayet with the capital at Rize. Later it was separated into Artvin Province with the districts of Ardanuç, Arhavi, Artvin, Borçka, Hopa, Murgul, Şavşat and Yusufeli.[6]

Artvin province is divided into 8 districts (capital district in bold):

Sister cities

See also


  1. ^ Turkish Statistical Institute, MS Excel document – Population of province/district centers and towns/villages and population growth rate by provinces
  2. ^ Artvin geography (tr)
  3. ^ Peoples of the Caucasus in Turkey
  4. ^ Artvin
  5. ^ Artvin Macahel
  6. ^ Artvin

External links

  • (Turkish) the provincial governorate
  • (English) Artvin Weather Forecast Information
  • (English)Çoruh River Valley and future of artvin city
  • (English) Armenian History and Presence in Artvin
  • (Turkish) Artvin has a WorldHeritage all of its own including...
  • photos of Artvin
  • HQ pictures of Artvin
  • more photos
  • World Wildlife Fund report on the area
  • (Turkish) photos and villages of Artvin

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