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East Azerbaijan (Tabriz)

East Azerbaijan

The east Azerbaijan province is located in the northeast of country with the old city of Tabriz as its capital. The province shares borders (marked by the Aras River) with Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nakhchevan Republics. This border is 235 kilometers long. The East Azerbaijan is also confined to west Azerbaijan in the west and southwest, to Zanjan, and Ardebil provinces in the east. Sahand peak in the 50 kilometers south of Tabriz with the elevation of 3722 meter is the highest part of this province.

There are more than one thousand ancient remains discovered in the East Azerbaijan. In the recent excavations, also, some remains of late second and early first millenniums have been discovered. The location of this province, which is on the international road of Iran and Europe, and its beautiful, historical and natural sights gains it an exceptional position.

Kabud mosque-Tabriz

Kabud mosque-Tabriz

This mosque belongs to qaraqoyunlo era-870 A.D. The internal part of the mosque had been decorated with beautiful Eslimi designs and unique inscriptions which had been destroyed in an earthquake in 1193 A.H. Only some parts of tile-works inside the mosque have remained. Kabud mosque has two porticos. It had had two minarets in the past.

A unique characteristic of this mosque is its tile-works and conspicuous portal which maximizes its beauty.

Gonbade Kabud Tower

Gonbade Kabud Tower

Gonbad Kabud is a tower with a decagon building which is known as the tomb of Holako Khan’s mother. But archaeologists believe that it belongs to Seljuk period and is built in 593 A.H. Inside the tower and under the dome is a plaster inscription with verses of 67th chapter (Mulk) of Quran in Naskh calligraphy. Few of other ornamental stuffs inside the tomb is remained now.

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