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Caravanserai Sangi in Zanjan is a popular visitors attraction.

Zanjan is located in Iran
Coordinates: 36°40′N 48°29′E / 36.667°N 48.483°E / 36.667; 48.483Coordinates: 36°40′N 48°29′E / 36.667°N 48.483°E / 36.667; 48.483
Country  Iran
Province Zanjan
Elevation 1,638 m (5,374 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 377,387
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 - Summer (DST) IRST (UTC+4:30)

Zanjan is the capital of Zanjan Province in northwestern Iran. It is an Azeri Inhabited city. It lies 298 km (186 mi) north-west of Tehran on the main highway to Tabriz and Turkey and approximately 125 km (80 mi) from the Caspian Sea.

Zanjan is known for its beautiful handcrafts such as knives, traditional sandals, called charoogh, and malileh. Malileh is a handcraft made with silver wires. Zanjani artists make many things like various decorative dishes and their special covers as well as silver jewelry. In ancient times, Zanjan was known for its stainless and sharp knives. But this tradition is gradually becoming extinct by introduction of Chinese knives to the market which are far cheaper, more abundant and of course less artistic. Many villagers today are traditional carpet weavers. This is perhaps Zanjan's most popular handcraft.



Hamdollah Mostowfi, the Iranian traveler and historian, in his book claims that Zanjan was built by Ardashir I, the first king of the Sassanid Empire and named as "Shahin"[1] . One important moment in the history of the city was in 1851 when the city became the center of Babism along with Neyriz and other cities. The forces of the central government captured the Babi's fort in Zanjan after a long siege by the order of Grand Vizir Amir Kabir and killed or expelled the Bab's followers.[2]

Colleges and universities

Zanjan also hosts several universities such as:

Photo gallery

Sister city

See also


  1. ^ "همشهريان اردشير بابكان هنوز هم چاروق مي پوشند". 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-07-30.  
  2. ^ Abdu'l-Bahá, Edward Granville. "A Traveller's Narrative Written to Illustrate the Episode of the Báb", Published by Kalimat Press, 2004, ISBN 1890688371, 9781890688370

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