|— Province of Turkey —|
|• Total||7,606.16 km2 (2,936.75 sq mi)|
|• Density||78/km2 ( 200/sq mi)|
|Per capita income||9,283 TL (63rd; 2011)|
Adıyaman Province (Turkish: Adıyaman ili; Kurdish: parêzgeh Adiyeman/پارێزگای ئادیەمان) is a province in south-central Turkey. The province was created in 1954 out of part of Malatya Province. Area 7,606.16 km². Population 590,935 (2010 est), up from 513,131 in 1990. The capital is Adıyaman. The area has been inhabited since the earliest times and many civilisations have settled here. There are therefore a number of places of historical interest which attract visitors. Nemrud Dağı is a major site of interest here, noted for its sanctuary of statues built by Antiochus Theos, king of Commagene. It is accessed through the town of Kâhta.
A branch of the large Atatürk reservoir lies between Adıyaman and the town of Samsat, and with more investment the irrigation this could become a rich agricultural zone. Currently it does feel impoverished and people travelling by mule or donkey are a common sight.
Adıyaman has since been kind to Islamist politician, Necmettin Erbakan. His movement (then, the National Salvation Party) scored a landmark 15% here in 1973 a few years after its modest beginning, and his score went on to gradually increase. After being damaged by the military coup in 1980, Erbakan's party (which had become the Welfare Party) came back to win the province with 29.24% and 23.53% in 1994 and 1999, respectively.
Even with his breakaway pupil, the current Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's AKP winning the 2004 local elections with 41.11%, a faithful following of 15% (a rarity among Turkey's provinces) of the electorate had still voted for Erbakan, then Virtue Party, who thus came second after AKP.
Adıyaman is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.
Adıyaman province is divided into 9 districts:
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