Tabriz is the capital of East Azerbaijan province, in the Azerbaijan region of Iran.
A fascinating bazaar, a deeply human heart and passionately helpful freelance guides make this gigantic, sprawling city a surprisingly positive introduction to Iran. It had a spell as the Iranian capital and has proven extremely influential in the country’s recent history. Sometimes stiflingly smoggy and hot in summer, it can be freezing cold in winter, but the tabrizi welcome is generally very warm any time of year. Don’t miss an excursion to Kandovan, Iran’s ‘Cappadocia’.
Situated at an altitude of 1,350 meters above sea level, 600 km northwest of Tehran, the cleanest city in Iran and one of its former capitals ( with a population of 2,000,000), also Tabriz chosen by UN for the most development city In Iran. Tabriz is in a valley to the north of the long ridge of Mount Sahand. The valley opens out into a plain that slopes down gently to the northern end of Lake Orumieh, 60 km to the west.
Although there’s an independent republic of Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan), the majority of Azerbaijanis actually live in Iran, where they make up at least 40% of the population. Iranian Azerbaijanis (called Azaris) live mostly in the northwest where two provinces use the name Azarbayjan. Commonly called ‘Turks’ because of their Turkic dialect, Azaris are Shiite unlike the (predominantly Sunni) Turks of neighboring Turkey.
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