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The New International Encyclopædia/Arjish (town)

ARJISH, or Akhlat. A small town of Turkish Armenia, vilayet of Erzerum, on the northern shore of Lake Van (Map: Turkey in Asia, K 3). Population about 2000. The old city of Arjish, at a little distance from the present town, in a ravine, was the residence of the kings of Armenia, and was the scene of many conflicts between the Greeks, Armenians, and Persians. It was taken and devastated in 1228 by Jelal-ed-Din, and completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1246. Arjish is the seat of an Armenian bishop.