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Diyarbakır
Metropolitan Municipality
City walls of Diyarbakır
City walls of Diyarbakır
Country  Turkey
Region Southeastern Anatolia
Province Diyarbakır
Population
 • Urban
843,460
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) EEST
Area code(s) (0090)+ 412

Diyarbakır (Kurdish: Amed) is a city in southeast Turkey. It is one of the largest cities in southeast Turkey and is on the banks of the Tigris river. It has 843,460 people (2010). The city was known as the Diyar Bakr ("landholdings of the Bakr tribe") and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk ordered that the city be renamed "Diyarbakır", which means land of copper in Turkish.

Notable people born in the city

  • Abdülkadir Aksu, former interior minister
  • Aziz Yıldırım, President of Fenerbahçe S.K. sports club
  • Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı, poet
  • Mehmed Emin Bozarslan, writer
  • Songül Öden, actress
  • Süleyman Nazif, poet
  • Ziya Gökalp, sociologist and writer (the Ziyagökalp district of the city is named after him, as well as many streets and schools)
  • Mıgırdiç Margosyan, writer
  • Coşkun Sabah, musician
  • Zabelle C. Boyajian, Armenian painter and writer

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