Lankaran

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Coordinates: 38°45′13″N 48°51′04″E / 38.75361°N 48.85111°E / 38.75361; 48.85111

Lənkəran
Lankaran
Lankaran
Official seal of Lənkəran
Seal
Lənkəran is located in Azerbaijan
Lənkəran
Lənkəran
Coordinates: 38°45′13″N 48°51′04″E / 38.75361°N 48.85111°E / 38.75361; 48.85111
Country  Azerbaijan
City Lankaran
Government
Area
 • Total 70 km2 (30 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 83,300
Time zone AZT (UTC+4)
 • Summer (DST) AZT (UTC+5)
Area code(s) +994 025 25
Website Official website

Lankaran (Azerbaijani: Lənkəran) is a city in Azerbaijan, on the coast of the Caspian Sea, near the southern border with Iran. It has a population of 83,300 (2010 census). It is next to, but independent of Lankaran rayon. The city forms a distinct first-order division of Azerbaijan.

Etymology[edit]

The old form of the name was "Langarkanan" that in Persian means "the place of pulling up the anchor(s)" : "Langar" (Persian: لنگر‎, anchor) + "kan" (Persian: کن‎, to pull) + "an"(Persian: آن‎, suffix of places). However, some sources state that Lankaran is said to come from the Talish words for 'Cane house', which sounds as 'Lan Karan'.[2][3] Alternatively, from Median *Lan(a)karan-, where *karan- means 'border, region, land' and Lan is probably a name of a Caspian tribe.[4]

History[edit]

Lankaran fortress stormed by Russian troops in 1813. Painting by Franz Roubaud.

The city was built on a swamp along the northern bank of the river bearing the city's name. There are remains of human settlements in the area dating back to the Neolithic period as well as ruins of fortified villages from the Bronze and Iron Ages.[5]

Lankaran's history is rather recent, dating from the 16th century. Lankaran was for a long time the capital of the Talysh Khanate, which enjoyed variable degrees of independence throughout history. It was first a part of the Persian Empire. Later it was held by Russia from 1728 to 1735, but only fell definitively to Russia's General Kotlyarevsky in 1813 and the Treaty of Gulistan. The Treaty of Turkmenchay in 1828[5] just confirmed the transfer of that important port city from Persia to Russia.

Once absorbed into the Russian empire, it became a part of the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic after the Russian revolution in 1917. In 1991, it became a part of independent Azerbaijan.

Geography[edit]

There are sandy beaches near Lankaran. Thermal sulphide, chloride, sodium-calcium waters of Andjin (Upper and Lower) mineral springs are situated 12 km west of the town. Also to the west are the ruins of Ballabur castle, near the village with the same name.

The region has a vast area of national parks, where a variety of fauna and flora are preserved. Gizil-Agach State Reserve hosts over 250 kinds of plants, 30 species of fish and more than 220 kinds of birds. Lankaran is also known for Parrotia persica, or ironwood. It is naturally grown in the region and could be seen in Hirkan National Park. Local myth has it that it is the only wood that sinks in water, hence the name (ironwood). Historically it has been used for heating, since it burns for a long time and is not easily extinguished. The Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) subspecies of the leopard, lives in the national park as well. In 1937, members of the Opilio lepidus species of harvestman were sited in the area.[6]

Climate[edit]

Lankaran has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa), which borderlines the Mediterranean climate. Lankaran has cool, wet winters and very warm, dry/highly humid summers. The maximum annual precipitation of 1,600 to 1,800 mm, and is the highest precipitation in Azerbaijan.

Climate data for Lenkaran
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.2
(45)
7.2
(45)
11.0
(51.8)
17.5
(63.5)
22.5
(72.5)
27.2
(81)
30.4
(86.7)
29.5
(85.1)
25.9
(78.6)
19.9
(67.8)
14.1
(57.4)
10.1
(50.2)
18.54
(65.38)
Average low °C (°F) 0.0
(32)
1.0
(33.8)
3.9
(39)
8.6
(47.5)
13.1
(55.6)
17.5
(63.5)
20.1
(68.2)
19.7
(67.5)
16.9
(62.4)
11.8
(53.2)
6.7
(44.1)
2.5
(36.5)
10.15
(50.28)
Precipitation mm (inches) 91
(3.58)
114
(4.49)
90
(3.54)
50
(1.97)
54
(2.13)
22
(0.87)
17
(0.67)
50
(1.97)
143
(5.63)
259
(10.2)
168
(6.61)
88
(3.46)
1,146
(45.12)
Avg. precipitation days 10 10 11 8 8 3 2 4 7 13 12 9 97
Mean monthly sunshine hours 105.4 98.9 124.0 171.0 226.3 282.0 306.9 254.2 189.0 127.1 99.0 108.5 2,092.3
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization (UN) [7]
Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory(sun only)[8]

Economy[edit]

Dominating spheres in Lankaran economy are vegetable-growing, tea-growing, paddy cultivating, cattle-breeding, citrus plants, beekeeping, fishing, and grain farming.[9] Favourable humid subtropical climate, availability of good arable land, water and sufficient labour resources of city provides a good basis for agricultural activities as well as development of agro-processing enterprises. The city is also home of Azerbaijan's first tea plant, built in 1937.[10]

Demographics[edit]

Lankaran is home to Azerbaijan's largest Talysh community.

Religion[edit]

The religion with the largest community of followers is Islam. The majority of the Muslims are Shia Muslims, and the Republic of Azerbaijan has the second highest Shia population percentage in the world after Iran.[11] The city's notable mosques include Kichik Bazar Mosque and Boyuk Bazar Mosque.[12]

Culture[edit]

As of 2012, the city along with Baku and Ganja participates in Earth Hour movement.[13][14]

Cuisine[edit]

Lankaran's cuisine has largely been affected by its multicultural history, hence the large variety of food originating during Talysh Khanate. Lankaran’s signature cuisine includes lavangi, Lankaran kulcha, marji plov, white plov, pumpkin plov and turshu kebab.[15][16][17]

Music and media[edit]

The Bajilar folk and dance collective.

Lankaran is home to several national folk performers, including the Bacılar (The Sisters) national Talysh folk and dance collective.[18]

The regional channel Janub TV and newspaper Lankaran are headquartered in the city.[19]

Sports[edit]

Khazar Lankaran fans in Lankaran City Stadium.

The city has one professional football team competing in the top-flight of Azerbaijani football - Khazar Lankaran, currently playing in the Azerbaijan Premier League. Sporting venues in the city include the Lankaran City Stadium and Lankaran Olympic Sports Complex.[20] The stadium was one of the venues for the group stages of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.[21]

In 2012, the city won to host European Masters Weightlifting Championship.[22]

Transport[edit]

Public system[edit]

Lankaran has a large urban transport system, mostly managed by the Ministry of Transportation.

Air[edit]

The Lankaran International Airport is well served with connections to domestic and international destinations. The airport's international terminal was opened in September 2008 and the airport is set on its way for becoming one of the busiest hubs in Azerbaijan.[23]

Rail[edit]

The city has rail service from historic terminals in downtown to Baku in the east and Astara in the south.[24][25]

Education[edit]

The following universities are located in Lankaran:

Notable residents[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Category:People from Lankaran.

Some of the city's many prestigious residents include: Major-General of the Soviet armoured troops during World War II Hazi Aslanov, General of the Artillery in the Imperial Russian Army Samad bey Mehmandarov, folk singer and theatre actress Jahan Talyshinskaya, social activist Maryam Bayramalibeyova, pop singer Ilhama Gasimova, weightlifter Turan Mirzayev, singer Hagigat Rzayeva and footballer Dmitriy Kramarenko.[26][27]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Lankaran is twinned with various cities.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Gazetteer: Azerbaijan – World-Gazetteer.com
  2. ^ lənkəran on ozaramizdi.org (Azerbaijani)
  3. ^ Lənkəran haqqında tarixi coqrafi məlumat (Azerbaijani)
  4. ^ А. Периханян (1982), Этимологические заметки // Историко-филологический журнал. Ереван. № 1, pp. 55-62
  5. ^ a b History of Lankaran
  6. ^ Nataly Y. Snegovaya (2007). "Two New Harvestman Species from Lenkoran, Azerbaijan (Arachnida: Opiliones: Phalangiidae)". Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 14 (2): 88–92. 
  7. ^ "World Weather Information Service – Lenkaran". United Nations. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Climatological Information for Lankaran, Azerbaijan". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ Business opportunities of the region
  10. ^ Tea culture in Azerbaijan
  11. ^ Juan Eduardo Campo,Encyclopedia of Islam, p.625
  12. ^ "Culture in Lankaran" (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Azerbaijan to join Earth Hour". www.news.az. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "IDEA campaign to hold Earth Hour action". en.trend.az. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Azerbaijani Cuisine: Şirniyyat (Azerbaijani)
  16. ^ Cuisine of Lankaran
  17. ^ Azərbaycanın subtropik zonası (Azerbaijani)
  18. ^ "Bacılar" talış folklor mahnı və rəqs kollektivi (Azerbaijani)
  19. ^ "Radio-TV yayımı" (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Lankaran Olympic Sport Complex". www.noc-aze.org. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "France end Asian domination". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Weightlifting Masters". Official Website of European Masters Weightlifting 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  23. ^ Lənkəranda çay plantasiyalarının sahəsi genişləndirilir (Azerbaijani)
  24. ^ History of Lankaran:Economy
  25. ^ Turizm müəssisələri (Azerbaijani)
  26. ^ (Azerbaijani) The Voice of Happiness and Optimism: Jahan Talyshinskaya by Afruz Mammadova. Musigi-dunya.az
  27. ^ Асланов Ази Ахад оглы (in Russian). Heroes of the country. 
  28. ^ “We are heirs of victory” campaign started in Baku
  29. ^ Города США и Азербайджана стали побратимами (in Russian). Retrieved 13 November 2014. 

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