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Summary Information About Malatya

Malatya Province is a province of Turkey. It is part of a larger mountainous area. The capital of the province is Malatya (in Hittite: Milid or Maldi, meaning “city of honey”). The city has been a human settlement for thousands of years.

 

 

Strabo says that the city was known “to the ancients” as Melitene (Ancient Greek Μελιτηνή), a name adopted by the Romans following Roman expansion into the east. According to Strabo, the inhabitants of Melitene shared with the nearby Cappadocians and Cataonians the same language and culture.

 

Malatya has a cold semi-arid climate or a temperate continental climate, with hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. The highest recorded temperature was 42.2 °C (108.0 °F) on 31 July 2000. The lowest recorded temperature was −19 °C (−2.2 °F) on 27 December 2002.

 

The province is considered part of Turkish Kurdistan

Population

808692

Area

12313.00 km 2

Location

Districts

13

Municipalities

14

Towns

0

Villages

0

History of Malatya

According to the findings obtained from the excavations of Cafer Höyük, which is under the Karakaya Dam Lake, the history of Malatya goes back to nine thousand years ago. Due to the intersection of commercial routes from Central Asia, the Middle East and Mesopotamia and its location allowing passage to the west, Malatya has been an important settlement center in every period of history. Malatya is referred to as Melita in Kültepe sources. Bedřich Hrozný, who contributed greatly to the dissolution of the Hittite language, revealed that this word means honey in Hittite. Melita transformed into Maldiya, Melitea, Melid, Melide, Meliddu, Malita in Assyrian and Urartian sources. The Arabs called the city Malatiyya; Finally, with the arrival of the Turks, it gained the name of Malatya. Malatya, whose history dates back to the Paleolithic age, was settled in the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze ages; It has witnessed Hittite, Assyrian, Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Seljuk and Ottoman domination. Malatya, which stood out as an important eastern city during the Roman and Byzantine periods, was captured by the Muslims for the first time during the Umayyad period, and witnessed the Islam-Byzantine wars during the Umayyads and Abbasids. After the Danişmentoğulları and Seljuks dominated Malatya in the 12th century, the Mamluk and Dulkadiroğulları Principality periods began, and in 1515, Yavuz Sultan Selim’s return from the Çaldıran War joined the Ottoman lands with the Battle of Turnadagi. The Cultural Filling of Arslantepe Mound, located in Orduzu town, the first settlement of Malatya, is 30 m. is in height. It was inhabited from 5000 BC to the 11th century. Roman Empire, 2nd century AD city, 4 km from Arslantepe. He moved it to the place where Battalgazi (Old Malatya) district is located, which is a point closer to the Euphrates River in the north. In the 19th century, the center of the city changed once again. Towards the end of the 1830s, the economic problems and diseases in the city increased; The Ottoman army’s longer-than-expected stay in Old Malatya due to the Battle of Nizip caused the inhabitants of the city to settle permanently in Aspuzu, 10 km to the south. After this date, Aspuzu, the center of the city, began to be called Malatya. The previous city, which was known as the Old City and the Lower City for a while, was called Eski Malatya; Malatya, which was connected to the Maraş Province during the Ottoman Empire Period, was attached to the Harput Province in 1847 and the Republic of Turkey granted the province status in 1924.

Districts of Malatya

 

  • Akçadağ
  • Arapgir
  • Arguvan
  • Battalgazi
  • Darende
  • Doğanşehir
  • Doğanyol
  • Hekimhan
  • Kale
  • Kuluncak
  • Pütürge
  • Yazıhan
  • Yeşilyurt

Point of Interests in Malatya

The economy of the city of Malatya is dominated by agriculture, textile manufacturing, and construction. As with the general province, apricot production is important for subsistence in the central district. Malatya is the world leader in apricot production. The city has two organized industrial zones, where the chief industry is textile.

 

Historically, Malatya produced opium. The British, in 1920, described the opium from Malatya as having “the highest percentage of morphia”

 

Malatya Fair and Apricot Festivities has been held since 1978, every year in July, to promote Malatya and apricots and to convene the producers to meet one another. During the festivities, sports activities, concerts and apricot contests are organized.

 

Near the Apricot Festivities, there are other annual activities in summer. Cherry Festivities at Yeşilyurt District of Malatya and Grape Festivities at Arapgir District are organized annually.

 

The Malatya region is best known for its apricot orchards. About 50% of the fresh apricot production and 95% of the dried apricot production in Turkey, the world’s leading apricot producer, is provided by Malatya and the name of the fruit is synonymous with the city. It reached its most delicious and sophisticated form in the fertile soil of Malatya, nourished from the alluvial soil of the Euphrates. Overall, about 10–15% of the worldwide crop of fresh apricots, and about 65–80% of the worldwide production of dried apricots comes out of Malatya. Malatya apricots are often sun-dried by family-run orchards using traditional methods, before they are collected and shipped throughout the world.

Let's see the cuisine of Malatya

  • KİRAZ YAPRAĞINDAN SARMA KÖFTE
  • ANALI KIZLI KÖFTE
  • MALATYA MUTFAĞI
  • MERCİMEKLİ ÇİĞ KÖFTE
  • AŞURE
  • KAĞIT KEBABI
  • SIKMA KÖFTE
  • MALATYA KULAK ÇORBASI
  • PILAVLAR
  • DOLMALAR
  • AKITMA BİCİĞİ
  • ÜZÜM YAPRAĞI SARMASI
  • KARLIK BALI
  • AYA KÖFTELİ KULAK ÇORBASI
  • KINALI EKMEK
  • MALATYA PEYNİR HELVASI

 

For more information about Malatya

https://www.kulturportali.gov.tr/turkiye/malatya/genelbilgiler

 

For more information, you may visit the official government website of MALATYA

http://www.malatya.gov.tr/

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