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Adıyaman is a city in southeastern Turkey, capital of the Adıyaman Province. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in Turkey. The population rose from 100,045 to 202,735 in 2010. The city has a significant Kurdish population.EtymologyThe city officially had the Arabic name Hısn-ı Mansur until the year 1926, named after the fortified castle perched on a hill around which the city grew. A Kurdish variation of the same name, Semsûr, is also attested in Ottoman sources. As the official name was difficult for the locals to pronounce, people were referring the city as adı yaman since early 19th century, which means "its name is tough" or " whose name is tough" in Turkish. Another likely origin of the modern Turkish name is the bad reputation that the province enjoyed due to difficult terrain and widespread banditry, hence "adı yaman", which can also translate as " which has a bad name ". In 1926, this term was adopted as the official name of the city. Although the word yaman had very negative connotations in Ottoman Turkish, it has earned a strong positive connotation in modern Turkish, just like the English word "terrific".ClimateAdıyaman has a hot summer Mediterranean climate (Csa) under both the Köppen classification, and a dry-hot summer subtropical climate (Csa) under the Trewartha classification, with some continental characteristics. Summers are very hot and very dry. Temperatures often reach 40°C at the height of summer. The highest recorded temperature was 45.3°C on 30 July 2000. Winters in Adıyaman are cool to cold with heavy precipitation. Due to its inland location and relatively high altitude, frost and snow are common. The lowest recorded temperature was −14.4°C on 24 January 1972. Adiyaman is in Adiyaman Province. Make your own Adiyaman vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Turkey trip itinerary site.
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