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Introduction Of Ardabil Province - City Of Ardabil


Ardabil (Persian and Azerbaijani: اردبیل ) is a historical city in north-western Iran. The name Ardabil probably comes from the Zoroastrian name of "Artavil" which means a holy place. Ardabil is the center of Ardabil Province. Its population is estimated to be around 412,669 (2006) , the dominant majority of whom are ethnic Azerbaijanis. Notable for its silk and carpet trade tradition, the ancient Ardabil Carpets are considered some of the best of the classical Persian carpet creations. Ardabil is also known as the seat of a World Heritage Site: the sanctuary and tomb of Shaikh Safî ad-Dîn, eponym of the Safavid Dynasty.

Location (up)

Ardabil is about 70 km from the Caspian Sea, 210 km from the city of Tabriz. It has an average altitude of 1263 m and total area of 18.011 km².

Neighboring on the Caspian Sea and the Republic of Azerbaijan, this city is of great political and economical significance.

The province of Ardabil has been blessed with splendid natural beauty and numerous sights.

It is located on an open plain 1,500 m above sea level, just east of Mount Sabalan (4,811 m), where cold spells occur until late spring.

History (up)

The province is believed to be as old as the Achaemenid (ca. 550–330 BC). It is mentioned in the Avesta, where prophet Zoroaster was born by the river Aras and wrote his book in the Sabalan Mountains. During Parthian era the city had a special importance among the cities of Azarbaijan. Some Muslim historians attribute foundation of Ardabil to king Peroz I of Sassanid Empire. The Persian poet Ferdowsi also credits the foundation of the city to Peroz I. Ardabil suffered some damages caused by occasional raids of Huns between 4th to 6th century AD. Peroz repaired those damages and fortified the city. Peroz made Ardabil the residential of provincial governor (Marzban) of Azarbaijan.

During the Islamic conquest of Iran, Ardabil was the largest city in North Western Iran, and remained so until the Mongol invasion period. Ardabilis fought the Mongols three times, however the city fell after the third attempt by Mongols. They massacred not only the Ardabilis but inhabitants of neighboring villages and killing everyone they could find. Incursions of Mongols and Georgians left the city in ruins for nearly three centuries til the advent of Safavids.

Safavid Shah Ismail I started his campaign to nationalize Iran's government and land from here, but consequently announced Tabriz as his capital in AD 1500. Yet Ardabil remained an important city both politically and economically until modern times. She was sacked by Ottomans 14 times between 1514–722 and in 1915 and by Russians in 1813, 1828 and in 1916.

On 28 February 1997, a destructive earthquake hit the Ardabil area. At least 965 people were killed, 2,600 injured, 36,000 homeless, 12,000 houses damaged or destroyed and 160,000 livestock were killed. Severe damage was observed to roads, electrical power lines, communications and water distribution systems around Ardabil.

Climate (up)

Cold and semi-arid (Köppen BSk), many tourists come to the region for its relatively cool climate during the hot summer months. The winters are long and bitter cold, with a temperature plummeting to -25 °C. The annual rainfall is around 380 mm.

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Source: World Meteorological Organisation (UN)

Demography (up)

Population (Metropolitan): about 650,000

Religion: Mainly Shi'a Islam

Ethnicity: Mostly Azeris

Language: The majority of the population speaks Azerbaijani, however, most of Ardabil's population could understand and speaks Persian as well.

Attractions (up)

Sabalan mountain peak

Sabalan Mountain Peak

Yeddi goz bridge (Seven eyes bridge)

Yeddi goz bridge (Seven eyes bridge)

Sheikh Safi's tomb

Sheikh Safi's tomb

The Mausoleums Of Sheikh Safi

The Mausoleums Of Sheikh Safi





The complex of Sheikh Safi-ad-din Ardabili

is a World Heritage Site, comprising the following components: the mausoleums of Sheikh Safi and Shah Ismail I, Chini khaneh (meaning the house of chinaware), a mosque, Jannat Sara (meaning the house of paradise), Khanaqah (the house of Dervishes), Cheragh Khaneh (the house of lamps), Shahid khaneh (the house of martyrs) and Chelleh Khaneh (the place where devotees shut themselves up during the forty days of Lent). The mausoleum of Sheikh Safi, the dome of which is called "Allah-Allah" has an octagonal interior.

Masjid Jameh

Ruins of once magnificent and unique Mosque.

Mirza Ali Akbar mosque and school

This comlex dates back to Qajar period

Ardabil bazaar

This beautiful Persian bazaar was built during Safavid period and in addition to main bazaar hall with open vaults has a hammam and a small yet mystifying mosque.

Ardabil bridges

Ardabil host numerous historical bridges namely Pol-e Gilandeh, Pol-e Nayer, Pol-e Haft Cheshmeh, Pol-e Panj Cheshmeh and Pol-e She Cheshmeh and Qarah Soo Bridge, most were built during Safavid era.

Ardabil bridges

Ardabil host numerous historical bridges namely Pol-e Gilandeh, Pol-e Nayer, Pol-e Haft Cheshmeh, Pol-e Panj Cheshmeh and Pol-e She Cheshmeh and Qarah Soo Bridge, most were built during Safavid era.

Imamzadeh Saleh mausoleum

The mausoleum of Imamzadeh Saleh who is a descendant of a Shia Imam was built 250 years ago.

Saint Mary church

This Armenian orthodox church has a beautiful wooden main door and painted dome built in 1876.

mausoleum of Sheikh Jebra'il

located 2 km north of Ardabil

old but always lively bazaar


babadavood anbaran

Friday mosque

and a few ancient bridges. In addition to these, in many villages of Ardabil, relics of ancient monuments, including tombs have been found.

Being a city of great antiquity, the origins of Ardabil go back 4000 to 6000 years (according to historical research in this city). This city was the capital of Azerbaijan province in different times, but its golden age was in the Safavid period.

Geology (up)

Many hot springs and beautiful natural landscapes are in Ardabil and around which attract tourists. The mineral springs of Ardabil (Beele-Darreh, Sar'eyn, Sardabeh and Booshloo) are notable throughout Iran for their medicinal qualities.

Many beauty lakes: the largest of which are Ne'or, Shorabil, ShoorGel, NouShahr and Aloocheh that are the habitats of some species of water birds. The beautiful Lake Ne'or is located in a mountainous area 48 km south-east of the city of Ardabil. It covers an area of 2.1 km² and has an average depth of 3 metres. It is fed by springs in the lake bed.



Lake Shorabil

located in a hilly area south of the city of Ardabil and covers an area of 640,000 m². The surface of the lake is covered with a thin white layer of minerals, being useful for healing skin diseases and rheumatism. Near the lake there is the leisure complex of Shorabil.

Baliqly Chay River

Meaning "a river with many fish" in Azarbayjani language, this river originates from the Sabalan Mountains and passes through Ardabil city. As a result, many villages and townships have settled around this river. It also irrigates much of the agricultural lands in this province.

Sabalan (Savalan) mountain

Sabalan (Persian: سبلان Sabalân; also called Sāvālān) is an inactive stratovolcano in Meshkinshahr Ardabil province of northwestern Iran about 20 miles west of Arbadil. Sabalan is the third highest mountain in Iran and a permanent crater lake has formed at the summit. Sabalan has a ski resort (Alvares) and different tourist areas such as the Sarein spa. The mountain is known for its beautiful vistas, including the Shirvan gorge, where few climbers ever venture.

Colleges and universities (up)

  • Ardabil University of Medical Sciences

  • Mohaghegh Ardabili University

  • Islamic Azad University of Ardabil

  • Payam Noor University of Ardabil

  • Soureh University of Ardabil

  • Islamic Azad University of Khalkhal

Economy (up)

The economy of Ardabil is partially agricultural, partially tourist based, with some industries in operation.

The Iranian government in 2006 announced plans to build "the largest textile factory of its kind in the Middle East" in Ardabil.

Arta Industrial Group (AIG) has one of the largest textile conglomerates in Iran, which is located in the provinces called Qazvin and Ardabil. The group has received numerous awards for being one of the top 20 exporters and industrial groups in Iran since 1998. It is the first company to produce high-density fiberboard (HDF), medium-density fiberboard (MDF), laminate flooring and multi-layer films in Iran.

AIG has the first private industrial site in Iran in the city of Ardabil, which has fifteen main factories owned by (AIG). This Industrial zone covers an area of 100 hectares and Residential Area for engineers and managers of the company.

The town has an airport

Notable people from Ardabil

Arts and music (up)

  • Javad Alizadeh, cartoonist.

  • Nasrollah Nasehpoor, singer in Iranian classical vocalists.

  • Rubaba Muradova, opera, folk singer Maqam.

  • Clergy and religious (up)

  • Abdolkarim Mousavi Ardabili, Iranian politician.

  • Rahim Moazzen Zadeh Ardabili, son and successor of Abdul Karim Moazzen Zadeh Ardabili, recorded his Azaan in 1955

  • Safi-ad-din Ardabili, Spiritual leader in 13th century.

  • Sadegh Khalkhali, Iranian Islamist

Poets and writers (up)

  • Baba Safari, historian.

  • Madina Gulgun, Azerbaijani poet.

  • Mir Jalal Pashayev, writer and literary critic.

  • Sadrol Mamalek Ardabili, writer.

Politicians and reformers (up)

Babak Khorramdin, ancient revolutionary leader fighting the Abbasid Caliphate in Iran.

Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty.

Jafar Pishevari, founder and chairman of separatist and communist Azerbaijan People's Government, created and supported by Soviet occupational forces in north-western Iran.

Rahman Dadman, former Minister of Roads and Transportation of Iran.

Sayyid hossein Ardabili, member of Demokrat party in Tehran and Mashhad.

Sport (up)

  • Rahim Aliabadi, Men’s Greco-Roman Wrestling.

  • Ali Daei, football player.

  • Hossein Rezazadeh, weightlifter and the current world record holder in the sport.

  • Yahya Golmohammadi, football player.

  • Karim Ansarifard, youngest football player in Team Melli Iran to score the most goals.

 تمامی حقوق این سایت متعلق به گروه تولید محتوای اردبیل وب بوده و بر اساس ماده ۲۳ قانون حمایت حقوق مولفان، هرگونه کپی برداری از آن پیگیرد قانونی خواهد داشت.

 تمامی خدمات و فعالیت‌ های این وب سایت، تابع قوانین و مقررات جمهوری اسلامی ایران است.
 طراحي، راه اندازي و پشتيباني: گروه تولید محتوای اردبیل وب