Bahçesaray (district)

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Coordinates: 38°07′43″N42°48′27″E / 38.12861°N 42.80750°E / 38.12861; 42.80750 Coordinates: 38°07′43″N42°48′27″E / 38.12861°N 42.80750°E / 38.12861; 42.80750
CountryFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
Province Van
  MayorMeki Arvas [1] (AKP)
   Kaymakam Muhammet Öztabak [2]
  District489.69 km2 (189.07 sq mi)
 (2012) [4]
  District density35/km2 (91/sq mi)
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Bahçesaray (Kurdish : Miks) [5] is a district in Van Province in Turkey. It was a bucak in Pervari district of Siirt Province until 1964 and Gevaş district of Van Province between 1964 and 1987. It is at a distance of 110 kilometres (68 mi) from Van. The mayor is Mehmet Garip Aykut (BDP).



The name comes from Persian باغچه سرای "bāghche-sarāy" which means "the Garden Palace". Its former name was Müküs, derived from Armenian Mokkʿ (Armenian : Մոկք) region. The name of the city in Armenian: Մոկս, Moks. In Kurdish : Miks, derived from the Armenian. The word "Mokk'" in classical Armenian language means: "the place of the magic". According to the legend, Amenap'rkich ("Wholly Saviour") abbey that was nearby Moks, has the grave of a magician by name Gaspar. Probably name of "the place of the magic" or just "Mokk" is connected with this mysterious personality. But scientific sources say that in the Urartu era there existed the Moxene tribe and Moxenne, so the names Mokk' and Moks originated from this tribe's name.

The word Bahçesaray is compound of bahçe ("garden") and saray ("palace"). Bakhchysarai in Crimea has the same name.


The district corresponds to Historical Armenia's Mok Arandznak district, which was part of the greater province of Moxoene.

2020 avalanches

On 4 and 5 February 2020, a pair of avalanches struck a highway in the district, leaving at least 41 people dead and 84 others injured. [6]

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