Coordinates: 37°06′22″N 58°30′34″E / 37.10611°N 58.50944°ECoordinates: 37°06′22″N 58°30′34″E / 37.10611°N 58.50944°E
Country Iran
Province Razavi Khorasan
County Quchan
Bakhsh Central
Population (2006)
• Total 96,953
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
• Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+4:30)
Quchan at GEOnet Names Server

Quchan (Persian: قوچان, also Romanized as Qūchān, Quĉān, Quçan and Gochan) is a city in and capital of Quchan County, in Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran. It is located due south of the border city of Ashgabat. At the 2006 census, its population was 96,953, in 25,066 families.


Quchan consists of three main ethnic groups: Persian, Kurdish, and Turkic.


Quchan (also Ghoochan and Quĉān) is in the north-east of Iran in Razavi Khorasan Province at an elevation of 1,149 meters above sea level north of the Shah Jahan Mountains. It is located south of the border with Turkmenistan. Quchan is connected by road to Mashhad, 125 km southeast and Turkmenistan, 100 km north.

Quchan has suffered from many earthquakes, and the town was relocated 13 east of the original town in 1895.


Grains and wine are among the district's produce.

Notable people


A devastating earthquake in 1893 killed 10,000 residents in Quchan. The U.S. press reported on January 28, 1894 that, "The bodies of ten thousand victims of the awful disaster have already been recovered. Fifty thousand cattle were destroyed at the same time. The once important and beautiful city of twenty thousand people is now only a scene of death, desolation, and terror."


  1. ^ Allen, Thomas Gaskell Jr; Sachtleben, William Lewis (1894). Across Asia on a Bicycle (1903 ed.). New York: The Century Co. p. 110.
  2. The website about Quchan city

See also

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