Adilcevaz is 89 km (55 mile) far to Bitlis. The city was ruled as a part of Kingdom of Urartu, enemies of the Assyrians, from the 13th to 7th century BC. After the kingdom’s downfall, the area went on to be ruled by the Armenians. In the 6th century it was taken over by the Persians, who ruled until the 8th century, when the Seljuk Turks swept the area. During World War I, the area became the staging ground for conflict between the Russian, Turks, Armenians, and Kurds. After end of hostilities it was still an unstable region, but in the last decade life has returned to normal.

The town is located on the northern edge of Lake Van, which is circled by the Agri-Bitlis highway. The town center is set back from the lake, connected by two roads, which meet in the town center.

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