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Darende

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Darende, is a district of Malatya Province of Turkey. The mayor is Süleyman Eser (AKP).InformationDarende is located in Malatya district. Darende was a centre of science and culture, during the ancient silk road times. The city centre is situated on the East Anatolia Region where there is a statue of a big door that was the entrance of the city Malatya. The largest district of Malatya is Darende. Darende is located in the west of the city also placed on the trade route that is on the upper part of Euphrate (Firat) and on the valley of Tohma where ancient caravans passed. The district, placed on the road between Ankara and Istanbul have as borders Hekimhan on the South of Akçadağ, on the southern west part of Gürün, and North of Kuluncak and Kangal. It has 1540m2 area. Its height above sea level is 1006 m. Satellite view of Darende.HistoryDarende has a long history, being in the centre of different civilizationes. Until 1914 the population of Darende was quite diverse, the city had an Armenian population of 3,983, with 3 Armenian churches and schools, which had about 300 pupils. After the events of 1915 only a smal minority of Armenians stayed, those who stayed secretly changed the names for Islamic names to avoid further repression. Since the founding of modern Turkey, Darende has grown in population. The surrounding geography includes the Tohma River flows in Darende abundantly. In 1934, it was one of the districts of Sivas, but because of cultural, climatic and regional similarities, Darende became one of the districts of Malatya. The city sustained its popularity in the First period of Turkish Republic.
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