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Kars
Kars
( Kurdish: Qers, Armenian: Կարս, less commonly known as Ղարս Ghars,[3]) is a city in northeast Turkey
Turkey
and the capital of Kars
Kars
Province. With a population of 73,836 (in 2011), it is the largest city on the Turkish side of the closed border with Armenia
Armenia
. For a brief period of time, it served as the capital of the medieval Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia.[4] Its significance increased in the 19th century, when Kars was contested between the Ottoman and Russian empires, with the latter gaining control of the city as a result of the 1877-78 war. During World War I, the Ottomans took control of the city in 1918 and declared the Provisional National Government of the Southwestern Caucasus, but were forced to relinquish it to the First Republic of Armenia
Armenia
following the Armistice of Mudros. During the Turkish–Armenian War
Turkish–Armenian War
in late 1920, Turkish revolutionaries
Turkish revolutionaries
captured Kars
Kars
for the last time. The controversial[5][6] Treaty of Kars
Treaty of Kars
was signed in 1921 between the Government of the Grand National Assembly and the Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
and Georgia, which established the current north-eastern boundaries of Turkey.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Etymology 1.2 Medieval period 1.3 Russian administration 1.4 World War I 1.5 Recent history

2 Demographics 3 Government 4 Climate 5 Sports 6 Education 7 Transport 8 Places of interest

8.1 Kars
Kars
Citadel 8.2 Other historical structures

9 Notable natives 10 International relations

10.1 Twin towns – Sister cities

11 In popular culture 12 References 13 External links

History[edit] Etymology[edit] As Chorzene, the town appears in Roman historiography (Strabo) as part of ancient Armenia.[7] For the origin of the name "Kars", some sources claim it to be derived from the Georgian word კარი (kari), meaning "the gate"[8] while other sources claim it is from the Armenian word հարս (hars), meaning "bride",[9] or rather from կառուց բերդ (kaṛuts berd), "Kaṛuts Fortress".[citation needed] The Turkish etymology offered by M. Fahrettin Kırzıoğlu (that the name came from the "Karsak", a Turkish tribe), has been dismissed as unsustainable by scholars.[10] Medieval period[edit]

The 10th-century Armenian Church of the Holy Apostles, as seen in a photo taken in the late 19th century.

The Map of Armenian Kingdom under the Reign of Bagratid Dynasty, 10-11th centuries A.D.

Little is known of the early history of Kars
Kars
beyond the fact that it had its own dynasty of Armenian rulers and was the capital of a region known as Vanand. Medieval Armenian historians referred to the city by a variety of names, including "Karuts' K'aghak'" ( Kars
Kars
city), "Karuts' Berd", "Amrots'n Karuts'" (both meaning Kars
Kars
Fortress) and "Amurn Karuts'" (Impenetrable Kars).[3] At some point in the ninth century (at least by 888) it became part of the territory of the Armenian Bagratunis. Kars
Kars
was the capital of Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia between 928 and 961.[4] During this period the town's cathedral, later known as the Church of the Holy Apostles, was built.[11] In 963, shortly after the Bagratuni seat was transferred to Ani, Kars became the capital of a separate independent kingdom, again called Vanand. However, the extent of its actual independence from the Kingdom of Ani
Ani
is uncertain: it was always in the possession of the relatives of the rulers of Ani, and, after Ani's capture by the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
in 1045, the Bagratuni title "King of Kings" held by the ruler of Ani
Ani
was transferred to the ruler of Kars. In 1064, just after the capture of Ani
Ani
by Alp Arslan
Alp Arslan
(leader of the Seljuk Turks), the Armenian king of Kars, Gagik-Abas, paid homage to the victorious Turks so that they would not lay siege to his city. In 1065 Gagik-Abas ceded his kingdom to the Byzantine Empire, but soon after Kars
Kars
was taken by the Seljuk Turks.[3] The Seljuks quickly relinquished direct control over Kars
Kars
and it became a small emirate whose territory corresponded closely to that of Vanand, and which bordered the similarly created but larger Shaddadid emirate centered at Ani. The Kars
Kars
emirate was a vassal of the Saltukids
Saltukids
in Erzurum, whose forces were effective in opposing Georgian attempts at seizing Kars. Thus, it was only in 1206 that Zakare of the Zakarids-Mkhargrzeli succeeded in capturing Kars, joining it to their fiefdom of Ani.[12] It was conquered in 1242 by the Mongols; was regained by Georgian Kingdom during the reign of George V the Brilliant (1314–1346), it remained part of the Kingdom before its disintegration, which then passed into the hands of Georgian Atabegs belonging to the House of Jaqeli.[citation needed] In 1387 the city surrendered to Timur
Timur
(Tamerlane) and its fortifications were damaged. Anatolian beyliks
Anatolian beyliks
followed for some time after that, until it firstly fell into the hands of the Kara Koyunlu
Kara Koyunlu
and subsequent Ak Koyunlu. After the Ak Koyunlu, as it went naturally for almost all their former territories, the city fell into the hands of the newly established Safavid dynasty
Safavid dynasty
of Iran, founded by king Ismail I. Following the Peace of Amasya of 1555 that followed through the Ottoman-Safavid War of 1533-1555, the city was declared neutral, and its existing fortress was destroyed.[13][14] In 1585, during the Ottoman-Safavid War of 1579-1590, the Ottomans took the city alongside Tabriz.[15] On June 8, 1604, during the next bout of hostilities between the two archrivals, the Ottoman-Safavid War of 1603-1618, Safavid ruler Abbas I retook the city from the Ottomans.[16] The fortifications of the city were rebuilt by the Ottoman Sultan
Sultan
Murad III
Murad III
and were strong enough to withstand a siege by Nader Shah
Nader Shah
of Persia, in 1731.[17] It became the head of a sanjak in the Ottoman Erzurum Vilayet.[17] In August 1745, a huge Ottoman army was routed at Kars
Kars
by Nader Shah
Nader Shah
during the Ottoman-Persian War of 1743-1746.[18] As a result, the Turks fled westwards, raiding their own lands as they went.[18] Russian administration[edit] See also: Kars
Kars
Oblast

The 1828 Russian siege of Kars
Kars
(painter January Suchodolski).

In 1807 Kars
Kars
successfully resisted an attack by the Russian Empire. During a break between the Russian campaigns in the region conducted against the Ottomans, in 1821, commander-in-chief Abbas Mirza
Abbas Mirza
of Qajar Iran
Iran
occupied Kars,[19] further igniting the Ottoman-Persian War of 1821-1823. After another Russian siege in 1828 the city was surrendered by the Ottomans on June 23, 1828 to the Russian general Count Ivan Paskevich, 11,000 men becoming prisoners of war.[17] At the end of the war it returned to Ottoman control for diplomatic reasons, Russia gaining only two border forts. During the Crimean War
Crimean War
an Ottoman garrison led by British officers including General William Fenwick Williams kept the Russians
Russians
at bay during a protracted siege; but after the garrison had been devastated by cholera and food supplies had depleted, the town was surrendered to General Mouravieff in November 1855.[17] The fortress was again stormed by the Russians
Russians
in the Battle of Kars during the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-78[17] under generals Loris-Melikov and Ivan Lazarev. Following the war, Kars
Kars
was transferred to Russia by the Treaty of San Stefano. Kars
Kars
became the capital of the Kars
Kars
Oblast (province), comprising the districts of Kars, Ardahan, Kaghisman, and Oltu,which was the most southwesterly extension of the Russian Transcaucasus. From 1878 to 1881 more than 82,000 Muslims from formerly Ottoman-controlled territory migrated to the Ottoman Empire. Among those there were more than 11,000 people from the city of Kars. At the same time, many Armenians
Armenians
and Pontic Greeks
Pontic Greeks
(here usually called Caucasus Greeks) migrated to the region from the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and other regions of Transcaucasia. According to the Russian census data, by 1897 Armenians
Armenians
formed 49.7%, Russians
Russians
26.3%, Caucasus Greeks
Caucasus Greeks
11.7%, Poles
Poles
5.3% and Turks 3.8%.[20] World War I[edit]

Armenian civilians fleeing Kars
Kars
after its capture by Kâzım Karabekir's forces.

In the First World War, the city was one of the main objectives of the Ottoman army during the lost Battle of Sarikamish
Battle of Sarikamish
in the Caucasus Campaign. Russia ceded Kars, Ardahan
Ardahan
and Batum
Batum
to the Ottoman Empire under the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
on March 3, 1918. However, by then Kars
Kars
was under the effective control of Armenian and non-Bolshevik Russian forces. The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
captured Kars
Kars
on April 25, 1918, but under the Armistice of Mudros
Armistice of Mudros
(October 1918) was required to withdraw to the pre-war frontier. The Ottomans refused to relinquish Kars; its military governor instead established a government, the Provisional National Government of the Southwestern Caucasus, led by Fahrettin Pirioglu, that claimed Turkish sovereignty over Kars
Kars
and Turkish-speaking regions as far as Batumi and Alexandropol (Gyumri). Much of the region fell under the administrative control of Armenia
Armenia
in January 1919 but the pro-Turkish government remained in the city until a joint operation launched by British and Armenian troops dissolved it on April 19, 1919, arresting its leaders and sending them to Malta.[21] In May 1919 Kars
Kars
came under the full administration of the Armenian Republic and became the capital of its Vanand province. Skirmishes between the Turkish revolutionaries
Turkish revolutionaries
and Armenian border troops in Olti
Olti
took place during the summer of 1920. In the autumn of that year four Turkish divisions under the command of General Kâzım Karabekir invaded the Armenian Republic, triggering the Turkish-Armenian War.[22] Kars
Kars
had been fortified to withstand a lengthy siege but, to the astonishment of all, was taken with little resistance by Turkish forces on October 30, 1920, in what some modern scholars have called one of the worst military fiascoes in Armenian history.[23] The terms of the Treaty of Alexandropol, signed by the representatives of Armenia
Armenia
and Turkey
Turkey
on December 2, 1920, forced Armenia
Armenia
to give back all the Ottoman territories granted to it in the Treaty of Sèvres. After the Bolshevik
Bolshevik
advance into Armenia, the Treaty of Alexandropol was superseded by the Treaty of Kars
Treaty of Kars
(October 23, 1921), signed between Turkey
Turkey
and the Soviet Union. The treaty allowed for Soviet annexation of Adjara
Adjara
in exchange for Turkish control of the regions of Kars, Igdir, and Ardahan. The Treaty of Kars
Treaty of Kars
established peaceful relations between the two nations, but as early as 1939, some British diplomats noted[citation needed] indications that the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
was not satisfied with the established border. Recent history[edit] After World War II, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
attempted to annul the Kars treaty and regain the Kars
Kars
region and the adjoining region of Ardahan. On June 7, 1945, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Vyacheslav Molotov
told the Turkish ambassador to Moscow Selim Sarper
Selim Sarper
that the regions should be returned to the Soviet Union, on behalf of the Georgian and Armenian republics. Turkey
Turkey
found itself in a difficult position: it wanted good relations with the Soviet Union, but at the same time they refused to give up the territories. Turkey
Turkey
itself was in no condition to fight a war with the Soviet Union, which had emerged as a superpower after the second world war. By the autumn of 1945, Soviet troops in the Caucasus were ordered to prepare for a possible invasion of Turkey. Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
objected to these territorial claims, while President Harry Truman
Harry Truman
initially felt that the matter should not concern other parties. With the onset of the Cold War, however, the United States came to see Turkey
Turkey
as a useful ally against Soviet expansion and began to support it financially and militarily. By 1948 the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
dropped its claims to Kars
Kars
and the other regions.[24] In April 1993, Turkey
Turkey
closed its Kars
Kars
border crossing with Armenia, in a protest against the capture of Kelbajar
Kelbajar
district of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
by Armenian forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh War.[25] Since then the land border between Armenia
Armenia
and Turkey
Turkey
has remained closed. In 2006, former Kars
Kars
mayor Naif Alibeyoğlu said that opening the border would boost the local economy and reawaken the city.[26] Despite unsuccessful attempts to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2009,[27] there remained opposition and pressure from the local population against the re-opening of the border.[28] Under pressure from Azerbaijan, and the local population, including the 20% ethnic Azerbaijani minority, the Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoğlu reiterated in 2010 and 2011 that opening the border with Armenia
Armenia
was out of question.[29][30] As of 2014[update], the border remains closed.[31] Demographics[edit] According to Turkey's 2011 Statistical Yearbook, the area has been depopulating because of migration to bigger cities.[32] In İstanbul alone, there are 269,388 people from Kars, more than three times the city's population.[33][34]

Year Total Turks Armenians Others

1878[35] 4,244 2,835 (66.8%) 1,031 (24.4%) 378 Caucasus Greeks
Caucasus Greeks
(8.9%)

1886[36] 3,939 841 (21.4%) 2,483 (63%) 322 Caucasus Greeks
Caucasus Greeks
(8.2%), 247 Russians
Russians
(6.3%)

1897[20] 20,805 786 (3.8%) 10,332 (49.7%) 5,478 Russians
Russians
(26.3%), 1,084 Poles
Poles
(5.2%), 733 Caucasus Greeks (3.5%), 486 Tatars (2.3%)

1913[3] 12,175

1970[3] 54,000

1990[37] 78,455

2000[38] 78,473

2013[38] 78,100

Government[edit] On 30 March 2014, Murtaza Karaçanta (MHP) was elected mayor. The previous mayor, Nevzat Bozkuş (AKP), was not reelected. During the June 2015 elections, Kars
Kars
became a stronghold of the pro-Kurdish HDP, becoming the largest political party in both the city and the province of Kars. Kars
Kars
has a Kurdish majority. The current mayor is a government appointed mayor and not an elected one. [39] The mayor before Bozkuş was Naif Alibeyoğlu (AKP).[40] Climate[edit] Kars
Kars
has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification: Dfb), with a significant difference between summer and winter temperatures, as well as night and day temperatures, due to its location away from large bodies of water, its high elevation and relatively high latitude, being where the high plateau of Eastern Anatolia converges with the Lesser Caucasus
Lesser Caucasus
mountain range. Summers are generally brief and warm with cool nights. The average high temperature in August is 26 °C (79 °F). Winters are very cold. The average low January temperature is −16 °C (3 °F). However, temperatures can plummet to −35 °C (−31.0 °F) during the winter months. It snows a lot in winter, staying for an average of four months in the city. Due to its geographic location of the city in the province, it has a slightly milder climate compared to the surrounding region. Some hills and peaks in the province, especially around the Sarıkamış
Sarıkamış
region, are subarctic ( Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
Dfc) due to the higher elevation of the region. Both the summers and winters are colder in this area, with winter temperatures reaching −40 °C (−40 °F) more regularly.

Climate data for Kars
Kars
(1950-2015)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 8.4 (47.1) 12.0 (53.6) 18.8 (65.8) 25.0 (77) 27.0 (80.6) 31.4 (88.5) 35.4 (95.7) 35.4 (95.7) 32.6 (90.7) 26.8 (80.2) 21.9 (71.4) 13.2 (55.8) 35.4 (95.7)

Average high °C (°F) −4.7 (23.5) −2.9 (26.8) 3.1 (37.6) 11.6 (52.9) 16.7 (62.1) 21.0 (69.8) 25.5 (77.9) 26.2 (79.2) 22.1 (71.8) 14.9 (58.8) 6.6 (43.9) −1.5 (29.3) 11.55 (52.8)

Daily mean °C (°F) −10.3 (13.5) −8.7 (16.3) −2.2 (28) 5.5 (41.9) 10.2 (50.4) 13.9 (57) 17.5 (63.5) 17.6 (63.7) 13.4 (56.1) 7.3 (45.1) 0.4 (32.7) −6.5 (20.3) 4.84 (40.71)

Average low °C (°F) −16.0 (3.2) −14.7 (5.5) −7.8 (18) −0.2 (31.6) 3.9 (39) 6.7 (44.1) 9.9 (49.8) 9.8 (49.6) 5.4 (41.7) 0.6 (33.1) −4.8 (23.4) −11.8 (10.8) −1.58 (29.15)

Record low °C (°F) −36.7 (−34.1) −34.9 (−30.8) −30.2 (−22.4) −18.4 (−1.1) −6.8 (19.8) −4.0 (24.8) 0.1 (32.2) −1.9 (28.6) −4.4 (24.1) −15.8 (3.6) −30.0 (−22) −34.4 (−29.9) −36.7 (−34.1)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 20.9 (0.823) 22.4 (0.882) 29.6 (1.165) 51.8 (2.039) 79.8 (3.142) 76.5 (3.012) 57.3 (2.256) 42.9 (1.689) 28.7 (1.13) 41.0 (1.614) 26.3 (1.035) 22.1 (0.87) 499.3 (19.657)

Average precipitation days 10.0 10.2 11.5 13.9 18.5 14.8 10.6 8.9 7.1 9.8 8.5 10.2 134

Average relative humidity (%) 83 85 78 68 65 65 63 55 57 62 73 83 69.8

Mean monthly sunshine hours 96.1 112 155 177 226.3 276 322.4 316.2 252 198.4 135 96.1 2,362.5

Source #1: Devlet Meteoroloji İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü [41]

Source #2: Weatherbase [42]

Sports[edit] The town has a football club Kars
Kars
S.K.. Bandy, a sport which does not exist in Turkey
Turkey
today, was once played here.[43] Education[edit] Kars
Kars
hosts the Kafkas University, which was established in 1992. Transport[edit] Kars
Kars
is served by a main highway from Erzurum, and lesser roads run north to Ardahan
Ardahan
and south to Igdir. The town has an airport (Kars Harakani Airport), with daily direct flights to Ankara and Istanbul. Kars
Kars
is served by a station on the Turkish Railways
Turkish Railways
(TCDD) that links it to Erzurum. This line was originally laid when Kars
Kars
was within the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
and connected the city to nearby Alexandropol and Tiflis, with a wartime, narrow-gauge extension running to Erzurum. Turkey's border crossings with Armenia, including the rail link, the Kars-Gyumri- Tbilisi
Tbilisi
railway, have regrettably been closed since April 1993. Construction on a new line, the Kars–Tbilisi– Baku
Baku
railway, intended to connect Turkey
Turkey
with Georgia and Azerbaijan, began in 2010 and is scheduled for completion by 2017. The line became operational on October 30, 2017.[44]The line connects Kars
Kars
to Akhalkalaki
Akhalkalaki
in Georgia, from where trains will continue to Tbilisi, and Baku
Baku
in Azerbaijan.[45] Places of interest[edit] Kars
Kars
Citadel[edit]

Kars
Kars
Citadel

The Castle of Kars
Castle of Kars
(Turkish: Kars
Kars
Kalesi), also known as the Citadel, sits at the top a rocky hill overlooking Kars. Its walls date back to the Bagratuni Armenian period (there is surviving masonry on the north side of the castle) but it probably took on its present form during the thirteenth century when Kars
Kars
was ruled by the Zak'arid
Zak'arid
dynasty. The walls bear crosses in several places, including a khachkar with a building inscription in Armenian on the easternmost tower, so the much repeated statement that Kars
Kars
castle was built by Ottoman Sultan
Sultan
Murad III during the war with Persia, at the close of the sixteenth century, is inaccurate. However, Murad probably did reconstruct much of the city walls (they are similar to those that the Ottoman army constructed at Ardahan). During the eighteenth century at the Battle of Kars
Kars
(1745) a crushing defeat was inflicted upon the Ottoman army by the Persian conqueror, Nader Shah, not far from the city of Kars. By the nineteenth century the citadel had lost most of its defensive purpose and a series of outer fortresses and defensive works were constructed to encircle Kars
Kars
– this new defensive system proved particularly notable during the Siege of Kars
Siege of Kars
in 1855. Other historical structures[edit]

"Taşköprü" (Stone Bridge 1725) over the Kars
Kars
river.

The Armenian Church of the Apostles housed a museum in the 1960s–70s and was converted to a mosque in 1993.[46]

Below the castle is an Armenian church known as Surb Arak'elots, the Church of the Holy Apostles. Built in the 930s, it has a tetraconch plan (a square with four semicircular apses) surmounted by a spherical dome on a cylindrical drum. On the exterior, the drum of contains bas-relief depictions of twelve figures, usually interpreted as representing the Twelve Apostles. The dome has a conical roof. The church was converted to a mosque in 1579, and then converted into a Russian Orthodox church in the 1880s. The Russian people constructed porches in front of the church's 3 entrances, and an elaborate belltower (now demolished) next to the church. The church was used as a warehouse from the 1930s, and it housed a small museum from 1963 until the late 1970s. Then the building was left to itself for about two decades, until it was converted into a mosque in 1993. In the same district of Kars
Kars
are two other ruined Armenian churches. A Russian church from the 1900s was converted to a mosque in the 1980s after serving as a school gymnasium.[47] The "Taşköprü" (Stone Bridge) is a bridge over the Kars
Kars
river, built in 1725. Close to the bridge are three old bath-houses, none of them operating any longer. As a settlement at the juncture of Armenian, Turkish, Georgian, Kurdish and Russian cultures, the buildings of Kars
Kars
come in a variety of architectural styles. Most Russian-era buildings in Kars
Kars
are identical in architectural style to those of Gyumri
Gyumri
in Armenia. Orhan Pamuk in the novel Snow, set in Kars, makes repeated references to "the Russian houses", built "in a Baltic style", whose like cannot be seen anywhere else in Turkey, and deplores the deteriorating condition of these houses.

The Mansion of Ahmet Tevfik Pasha (Ahmet Tevfik Paşa Konağı) The Stone Bridge (Taşköprü) The Topchuoglu Bath House (Topçuoğlu Hamamı) The Ilbeoglu Bath House (İlbeyoğlu Hamamı) The Mazlumaga Bath House (Mazlumağa Hamamı) The House of Namık Kemal (Namık Kemal Evi) The Palace of Beylerbeyi (Beylerbeyi Sarayı) The Mansion of Pasha (Paşa Konağı) The Cemetery of Arap Baba (Arap Baba Şehitliği) The Mosque of Yusuf Pasha (Yusuf Paşa Camii) The Mosque of Evliya (Evliya Camii) The Tomb of Ebul Hasan-i Harakani (Ebul Hasan-i Harakani Türbesi) The Mosque of Fethiye (Fethiye Camii) The Mansion of Gazi Ahmet Muhtar Pasha (Gazi Ahmet Paşa Konağı) The Museum of Kars
Kars
( Kars
Kars
Müzesi) Tourism Information Office ( Kars
Kars
Kültür ve Turizm İl Müdürlüğü) The State Hospital of Kars
Kars
( Kars
Kars
Devlet Hastanesi)

Notable natives[edit]

Abas I of Armenia, Armenian king Atrpet
Atrpet
(1860–1937), Armenian novelist and writer Hayran-î-Dil Kadınefendi (1846–1898), wife of Ottoman sultan Abdülaziz
Abdülaziz
and mother of Sultan
Sultan
Abdülmecid II İbrahim Aydın (1874–1948), military leader and civil servant Ivan Isakov
Ivan Isakov
(1894–1967), Soviet Armenian military commander, chief of staff and Admiral of the Fleet in the Soviet Navy Yeghishe Charents
Yeghishe Charents
(1897–1937), Armenian poet Hovhannes Zardaryan
Hovhannes Zardaryan
(1918–1992), Armenian painter Varlam Avanesov, Armenian bolshevik politician Kelime Aydın Çetinkaya
Kelime Aydın Çetinkaya
(1982), cross country skier Gülsüm Tatar (1985), world and European champion female boxer Cağla Şikel – famous Turkish actress and model; 1997 Miss Turkey winner of Azerbaijani descent Yavuz Bingöl – famous Turkish folk music singer and actor Murat Çobanoğlu – famous Turkish folk music singer Tamer Karadağlı – a Turkish actor Gökhan Saki
Gökhan Saki
– K1 Fighter Emine Evdal Qenatê Kurdo

International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Turkey Twin towns – Sister cities[edit] The municipality of Kars
Kars
has developed sister city relationships with following cities at home and abroad:[48]

Bursa, Turkey Edirne, Turkey Ganja, Azerbaijan[49]

Kutaisi, Georgia Kirkenes, Norway Wesel, Germany

In popular culture[edit]

Kars
Kars
is the setting of the 2002 novel Kar (Snow) by Orhan Pamuk. Yerkir Nairi (Երկիր Նաիրի) novel by Yeghishe Charents
Yeghishe Charents
is dedicated to the public persons and places of Kars. Modest Mussorgsky
Modest Mussorgsky
composed the march "The Capture of Kars" to commemorate Russia's victory there in 1855. The film Kosmos (Cosmos) by Reha Erdem was filmed in and around Kars. In 1857 the settlement of Wellington in Ontario, Canada
Canada
renamed itself Kars
Kars
in honor of the Canadian-born General William Fenwick Williams who organized the defense of Kars
Kars
during its 1855 siege.

References[edit]

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Kars
Kars
in Kars Province
Kars Province
of Turkey

Districts

Akyaka Arpaçay Digor Kağızman Kars Sarıkamış Selim Susuz

List of Provinces by Region

Istanbul

Istanbul

West Marmara

Balıkesir Çanakkale Edirne Kırklareli Tekirdağ

Aegean

Afyonkarahisar Aydın Denizli İzmir Kütahya Manisa Muğla Uşak

East Marmara

Bilecik Bolu Bursa Düzce Eskişehir Kocaeli Sakarya Yalova

West Anatolia

Ankara Karaman Konya

Mediterranean

Adana Antalya Burdur Hatay Isparta Kahramanmaraş Mersin Osmaniye

Central Anatolia

Aksaray Kayseri Kırıkkale Kırşehir Nevşehir Niğde Sivas Yozgat

West Black Sea

Amasya Bartın Çankırı Çorum Karabük Kastamonu Samsun Sinop Tokat Zonguldak

East Black Sea

Artvin Giresun Gümüşhane Ordu Rize Trabzon

Northeast Anatolia

Ağrı Ardahan Bayburt Erzincan Erzurum Iğdır Kars

Central East Anatolia

Bingöl Bitlis Elazığ Hakkâri Malatya Muş Tunceli Van

Southeast Anatolia

Adıyaman Batman Diyarbakır Gaziantep Kilis Mardin Siirt Şanlıurfa Şırnak

Metropolitan municipalities are bolded.

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Historical capitals of Armenia

Tushpa
Tushpa
(832–590 BC) Armavir (331–210 BC) Yervandashat (210-176 BC) Artashat (176-77 BC and 69 BC-120 AD) Tigranakert (77-69 BC) Vagharshapat
Vagharshapat
(120-330) Dvin (336-428) Bagaran (885-890) Shirakavan (890-929) Kars
Kars
(929-961) Ani
Ani
(961-1045) Sis (1080-1375) Yerevan
Yerevan
(since 1918)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 136073

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