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Ardabil is an ancient city in Iranian Azerbaijan. Ardabil is the center of Ardabil Province. At the 2011 census, its population was 564,365, in 156,324 families, where the dominant majority are ethnic Iranian Azerbaijanis and the primary language of the people is Azerbaijani.Ardabil is known for its silk and carpet trade tradition. Ardabil rugs are renowned and the ancient Ardabil Carpets are considered some of the best of the classical Persian carpet creations. Ardabil is also known as the seat of a World Heritage Site: the Ardabil Shrine, the sanctuary and tomb of Shaikh Safî ad-Dîn, eponymous founder of the Safavid dynasty.EtymologyThe name Ardabil comes from the Avesta "Artavila" which means a holy town or a holy place.LocationArdabil is located on the Baliqly Chay River, about 70km from the Caspian Sea, and 210km from the city of Tabriz. It has an average altitude of 1263m and total area of 18.011km2. Neighboring on the Caspian Sea and the Republic of Azerbaijan, this city is and has been of great political and economical significance throughout history, especially within the Caucasus region. It is located on an open plain above sea level, just east of Mount Sabalan (4,811 m), where cold spells occur until late spring.Ardabil is in Ardabil Province. Make Ardabil central to your Iran travel plans using our Iran tour itinerary planner.
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