Zanjan was built by Ardashir I, the first king of the Sassanid Empire and named as “Shahin”. One important moment in the history of the city was in 1851 when the city became a center for the Babi uprisings, along with Neyriz and a fortress known as Shaykh Tabarsi. The forces of the central government captured the Babi fort in Zanjan after a long siege on the orders of Grand Vizier (Prime Minister of Iran) Amir Kabir and killed or expelled the Bab’s followers. The inhabitants during the Ilkhanid era spoke “pure Pahlawi”, a Median or northern form of Persian.
Covering an area of 84 square kilometers Zanjan is the capital of Zanjan Province in northwestern Iran. It lays 298 km (185 mi) north-west of Tehran on the main highway to Tabriz and Turkey and approximately 125 km (78 mi) from the Caspian Sea. The city is located about 20 kilometers south of the Qaflankuh Mountain Range. At the 2012 census, its population was 486,495, which is the 20th largest city in Iran.
The population of Zanjan consists mostly of Iranian Azerbaijanis who speak the Azerbaijani language.the majority of Zanjanis are Shi’a muslims , which also the state religion since the muslim invasion of iran .
The city is also where the Saltmen of Iran have been discovered. The saltmen are six salt mummies from the Achaemenid (550-330 BC) and Sassanid (226-651 CE) eras that were found in Chehrabad Salt Mine. One of these Saltmen is housed at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran while the others are on display at the Archeology Museum of Zanjan in Zolfaqari Mansion.
The city has several natural attractions most notably Sharshar Waterfall, Kataleh Khor or Katalehkhor Cave, Jinn’s Chimney, Mahneshan Colored Mountains and Garmab Thermal Spring. There is a ski resort named Papayi close to the city which accommodates 500 skiers every year.
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