Ardakan

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Ardakan
اردكان
city
Ardakan is located in Iran
Ardakan
Ardakan
Coordinates: 32°18′36″N 54°01′03″E / 32.31000°N 54.01750°E / 32.31000; 54.01750Coordinates: 32°18′36″N 54°01′03″E / 32.31000°N 54.01750°E / 32.31000; 54.01750
Country  Iran
Province Yazd
County Ardakan
Bakhsh Central
Population (2006)
 • Total 51,349
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+4:30)

Ardakan (Persian: اردكان‎, also Romanized as Ardakān and Artagan)[1] is the capital city of Ardakan County, Yazd Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 51,349 in 13,730 families.[2]

Ardakan is the second major city of Yazd Province. It was established in the 12th century in the Zardug region. Ardakan is 60 kilometres away from Yazd, and it has dry weather.

The word Ardakan in Persian means "holy place" or "clean place" (Modern Persian: arda+kan / Middle Persian: arta+gan) and the city has a lot of historical religious attractions such as the Grand Mosque of Ardakan (Masjed-e Jame’), Zire-deh Mosque, Emam-Zadeh Mir Seyyed Mohammad and Tekyeh bazaar.

This region is one of the Zoroastrian centres of Iran, and there are numerous holy sites for Zoroastrians in Sharif-Abad, a village near Ardakan. Each summer thousands of Zoroastrians from around the world gather there for pilgrimage.

The most important shrine is Pir-e Sabz Chek Chek. Other shrines are include Pir Shah Eshtad Izad, Pir Shah Tashtar Izad, Pir Shah Mehr Izad and Pir Shah Morad.

Ardakan is the birthplace of former Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami. It is also a famous type of carpet found around the world.


View of building in Old Town Ardakan image: Amirreza tavassoli
View of building in Old Town ardakan image: Amirreza tavassoli

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ardakan can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3053575" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  2. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)" (Excel). Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 

External links[edit]

  • Farshid Sāmāni, Ardakān, In a Thoughtful Mood (Ardakān, Sar dar Garibān), in Persian, Jadid Online, 16 April 2010, [1].
    Audio slideshow: [2] (5 min 31 sec).