is a city in the
Turkey and the
seat of the province. It has a population of 266,495 (2000
census). The city is 1067 meters above sea level. The area near
Elazığ has been settled for centuries.
An ancient town
and citadel called Kharput (Kharpert) which means "rocky
fortress," was built about three miles from modern Elazığ.
However, there is very little written about this city. While
Harput is still settled today, due to its high elevation and
lack of water, it is slowly abandoned, with most residents
moving to Elazığ. Harput still has about 30,000 inhabitants
Elazığ today is
the capital of the Elazığ
bustling city with a university and an industrial base, although
historic monuments are understandably scarce.
is surrounded by the
Nehri) in the north, and since the completion of
Keban Dam the
rivers came to cover almost ten percent of the surface area (826
km²) of the province (8,455 km²). Elazığ's adjacent province
borders are with: Tunceli (North), Erzincan (North-West), Bingöl
(East), Diyarbakır (South), and Malatya (West).
product of the area is Marble Producing, Food Producing, Wine
and other Agricultural products.