Ahlat is a historic town and a district in
Turkey's Bitlis Provincein Eastern Anatolia Region. The center town of Ahlat is situated on the northwestern coast of the Lake Van.
Ahlat and its surroundings are known for the large number of historic
tombstonesleft by the Ahlatshah dynasty. Efforts led by the local administration are presently being made with a view to including the tombstones in UNESCO's World Heritage List[ cite web | url = http://www.losangeleschronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=26515 (article)| title = On the Roads of Anatolia - Van|author=Yüksel Oktay| publisher= [http://www.losangeleschronicle.com Los Angeles Chronicle] | access date=|language=English ] , where they are currently listed tentatively. [ cite web | url = http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1401/ (List) | title = Tentative World Heritage Sites|author=| publisher= UNESCO| access date=|language=English ]
In recent years, Ahlat also came to be known for the quality of its
potatoeswhich carved themselves a sizable share in the Turkish agricultural products market [ cite web | url = http://www.kenthaber.com/Arsiv/Haberler/2007/Haziran/09/Haber_236160.aspx (article)| title = Türkiye'nin en kaliteli patatesi Ahlat'ta (Turkey's best quality potatoes are in Ahlat|author=| publisher= [http://www.kenthaber.com Kenthaber Association of Local Newspapers of Turkey] | access date=|language=English ] .
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