Siirt

Siirt

Things to do - general
Country Turkey
Region Southeast Anatolia
Subregion Mardin
Government
 • Electoral district Siirt
Area
 • Total 5,406 km2 (2,087 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 322,664
 • Density 60/km2 (150/sq mi)
Area code(s) +90 (484)
Vehicle registration 56
Country Turkey
Languages spokenTurkish
Currency usedTurkish lira (TRY)
Area (km2)5.717 km²

Sports & nature

Siirt has a borderline continental and Mediterranean climate with very hot and dry summers and cold and wet winters. During winter months there is frequent frost and occasional snowfall.

Siirt S.K. was a sports club located in Siirt, Turkey. The football club plays in the Iddaa League B. It was founded as Siirt YSE (Road Water Electricity) in 1969. It was renamed as Siirt Köy Hizmetleri in 1989, as Siirt Jetpa S.K. in 1999 and as Siirt S.K. in 2002.

Culture and history info

Previously known as Saird, in pre-Islamic times Siirt was an episcopacy of the Eastern Orthodox Church (Sirte, Σίρτη in Byzantine Greek). An illuminated manuscript known as the Syriac Bible of Paris may have originated from the Bishop of Siirt's library, Siirt's Christians would have worshipped in Syriac, a liturgical language related to Arabic still in use by the Chaldean Rite, other Eastern Christians in India, and the Nestorians along the Silk Road as far as China. The Chronicle of Seert was preserved in the city; it describes the ecclesiastical history of the Persian realm through the middle of the seventh century. From 1858 to 1915 the city was the seat of a bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church. Most of the city's Assyrians, including their archbishop were killed during the Assyrian Genocide along with the loss of the Syriac manuscript of Theodore of Mopsuestia's De Incarnatione.

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