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Mahabad City

Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
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).

In the year 1038 AH., during the end of the reign of Shah Abbas I, Bedaqal Soltan chief of the Mokri tribe, shifted the center of his rule to Mahabad, and interesting relics of the time have survived in this city.

The city was founded in the Safavid period about 300 years ago, and its first name was Sablagh. Sablagh is a Turkic word meaning cold spring. Later, in the Qajarid period, the town was called Sablaghi Mukri, meaning Sablagh of the Mookri tribe, due to the residence of the Mookri tribe in the city. This was the name of the town until 1936, when the town was named Mahabad.

Mukri Kurds participated in several wars between Safavid dynasty and Ottoman Empire, and gained more predominance. In 17th century AD, Mehabad became the seat of Mukri principality (known as Mukriyan in Kurdish and Mokriyan in Persian). Many believe Budaq Sultan Mukri, who built Mehabad's Jameh Mosque is the founder of the current town.
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Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
Mahabad - West Azarbaijan
EXPLORE ATTRACTIONS IN Mahabad
Category: Caves
In the village of Andarqash 18 km. from Mahabad right in the heart of the mountain a relatively large crypt has been formed (related to the first king of Medes). This cave ... MORE
Category: Ancient Cities
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 ... MORE
Category: Mausoleums
This tomb is located in the public graveyard of the city and belongs to one of the commanders of Shah Abbas Safavid. This mausoleum is a simple, small rectangular structure. MORE
Category: Caves
This cave is near Mahabad, and is about 500 m. long. It has many wide spaces including, crevices, halls, precipices and wells. The use of suitable safety appliances are compulsory ... MORE
Category: Caves
This cave is at close proximity to the above mentioned cave but is smaller in size and dimension. It has a platform for accessibility to its end. MORE
Category: Caves
This cave located in the village of Andarqash, is similar in style and carving to the Achaemenian crypts of Takht-e-Jamshid (Persepolis) and Naqsh-e-Rostam. MORE
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