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Batman, Turkey

Administration
Full nameTurkey
Official nameBatman
Other nameÊlih
CountryTurkey
RegionSoutheastern Anatolia
ProvinceBatman
Government
MayorNejdet Atalay
Geography
Elevation1771.7 ft (540|postal_code_type=Postal code m)
Demography
Urban (pop.)298.342
Other information
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
- Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code72x xx
Area code0488
License plate72|blank_name=License plate

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Batman ( , ) is a city in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey and the capital of Batman Province. It lies on a plateau, 540 meters above sea level, near the confluence of the Batman River and the Tigris. The Batı Raman oil field, which is the largest oil field in Turkey, is located just outside the city. Batman has a local airport and a military airbase, which was used for transit of aircraft and helicopters in some search and rescue operations of the Gulf War.

Until the 1950s, Batman was a village called Iluh with a population of about 3,000. However, oil fields have been discovered around it in the 1940s that resulted in a rapid development of the area and in the inflow of workforce from other parts of Turkey. In 1957, the village was renamed into Batman, after the river namesake, received a city status and became a district center. Over the next 50 years, Batman was rebuilt from one-storey to multi-storeyed buildings and its population grew 100-fold. A 511 km (317.5 mi) km long oil pipeline was brought in 1967 from Batman to the port city of Dörtyol near the easternmost point of the Mediterranean coast to transport the crude oil from the Batman refinery. In 1990, the city became the capital of Batman Province.

Apart from oil, which is by far the dominant commodity of the region, Batman produces beverages, processed food, chemicals, furniture, footwear, machinery and transport equipment. A university was established here in 2007 and became part of the Erasmus foreign student exchange program.


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