This historical city, which Batholomus called Darusha and Rawlinson named Daryasi, lies in the outskirts of Mahabad. The 'Roka' crypt which is located near the ruins of Andarkash bears strong resemblance to the style and mode of engraving of the Achaemenian crypts in Persepolis (Takht-e-Jamhid).
Mahabad lies to the south of the province and Lake Orumieh. The center of which lies 873 km. from Tehran. In its mountainous terrain it experiences cold weather, whereas in the plains it is warmer. Mahabad was formerly known as Savojbolaq Mokri (Savojbolaagh-e Mokri).
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