Province of Western Azarbaijan. Altitude 1,340 meters, 25 km off the west shore
of Lake Uromiyeh(landing stage at Golmankhaneh). By road 300 km from Tabriz, 280
km south of Bazargan (Turkish frontier, international post), 570 km north of kermanshah.
"The most beautiful blue in the world" is how people used to describe that water,
which contains a concentration of salt almost as heavy as that of the Dead Sea.
The ancient Persians called it the "Royal Sea".
"Church of Saint Thaddeus"
Apparently in olden times, when the water of the upper reaches of the lake were
a good deal sweeter, the region had been even more fertile. There are traces of
ancient civilizations all over the place. Nomad tribes frequented that "Riviera"
as early as eight thousands years B.C. legend has it that Zoroaster was born there
and we are assured that the Three Wise Men from the East crossed the region on
their way to Bethlehem. At Hasanlu, near Heydarabad (80 km South of Uromiyeh),
around the south-western corner of the lake, the remnants of tombs have yielded
glazed pottery as well as gold and silver objects.
Modern Uromiyeh is characterized by the joint activities and coexistence of
Iranians of diverse racial groups and religions.
"Kandavan, Eastern Azarbaijan Province, A perspective of Village"
People of Armenian, Kurdish, Turkish
and Persian origin live side by side as did once the Urartes, the Medes and the
Assyrians. A Church with a tall, square belfry, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, has
for its neighbor for the Shiite Friday Mosque, its exquisitely sculptured mehrab
is a splendid specimen of Seljuk art (12th and 13th centuries).
"City Bazaar, West Azarbaijan Province"
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