|Meshgin Shahr |
|— city —|
|Mount Sabalan is in the background|
|Time zone||IRST (UTC+3:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||IRDT (UTC+4:30)|
|Meshgin Shahr at GEOnet Names Server|
Meshgin Shahr (Persian: مشگين شهر, also Romanized as Meshgīn Shahr and Meshkīn Shahr, also simply Mishgin; formerly Khiav (Persian: خياو), also Romanized as Kheyāv, Khīāv, Khiov, Khīyāv, and Khiyov) is a city in and the capital of Meshgin Shahr County, in Ardabil Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 61,296, in 14,920 families.
The city is 839 kilometres (521 mi) from Tehran. Being near the high Sabalan Mountains it enjoys a moderate mountainous climate. Formerly, it was known as "Khiav". The Sabalan summit can be seen in the south of the city with an eye catching scenery. The antiquity of the city dates back to the early centuries of Islam but in the Safavid age it was thriving even more.
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