AuthorSinclair, Thomas A.
SourceEncyclopaedia of Islam Online
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Bitlis (Ott. BidlīsArm. Baghesh or Baghaghesh) is a city in present-day Turkey, to the southwest of Lake Van, and at the top of the long Bitlis valley. From a height of circa 1,800 metres at Bitlis, the valley drops about 1,000 metres to the upper Tigris basin. The kernel of the city lies on and near a ridge between two deep valleys, each running southwardthese two valleys then curve round the ridge’s final nose and unite. The powerful citadel lies on a waist towards the ridge’s endthe ent...