Isfara

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Isfara
Исфара
A sign welcoming travellers to Isfara
A sign welcoming travellers to Isfara
Isfara is located in Tajikistan
Isfara
Isfara
Coordinates: 40°07′N 70°38′E / 40.117°N 70.633°E / 40.117; 70.633
Country  Tajikistan
Province Sughd
District Isfara
Incorporated 1933
Government
 • Mayor Muhiba Yakubova
Area
 • Total 832 km2 (321 sq mi)
Elevation 863 m (2,831 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 40,600
Postcode 735920

Isfara (Tajik: Исфара, Persian: اسفره‎) is a city in Sughd Province in northern Tajikistan, situated on the border with Kyrgyzstan. It has a population of 40,600 (2008 est.).[1] The city is capital of the Isfara district.

History[edit]

Babur and his army assaults the fortress of Ibrāhīm Sārū, during the Siege of Isfara.

Isfara is one of the oldest ancient towns in Central Asia, its first name was Asbara. The town is mentioned in Tabari's history from the 10th century, when it was an important stop on the northern branch of the Silk Road. Around 20 km south of the town centre in Churku village, the mausoleum Hazrati Shoh Mausoleum,[2] is carved from wood, partly dating back to the 8th century,[3] a structure that is unique in Central Asia. By the 11th and 12th centuries Isfara had a developed economy, and it was considered by Babur (1482-1530) to be one of the region's main towns. The 16th century saw the construction of large public buildings, notably mosques and medreseh. In the 17th century Isfara was part of the Kokand Khanate.

Geography[edit]

Isfara is situated near the border junction of three independent states Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, at a height of 863m above sea level. Its territory is 832 km².

Demographics[edit]

The population of Isfara is mostly Tajik.

Year Population Type
1989 34,500 census
2000 37,000 census
2008 40,600 estimate[1]

Economy[edit]

Isfara tea house

Some 20 industrial companies in Isfara produce electrical equipment, chemical and metallurgical products, construction materials, food products and others.

Isfara is famous for its apricot orchards.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Population in the Republic of Tajikistan as of 1 January 2008, State Statistical Committee, Dushanbe, 2008
  2. ^ Hazrati Shoh mausoleum
  3. ^ p181 Middleton & Thomas, Tajikistan (Odyssey Guide)

Coordinates: 40°07′N 70°38′E / 40.117°N 70.633°E / 40.117; 70.633