|• Total||1,700 km2 (656 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,350 m (4,430 ft)|
|Time zone||IRST (UTC+03:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||IDST (UTC+04:30)|
|Gorgan at GEOnet Names Server|
Gorgan pronunciation (help·info) (Persian: گرگان; formerly Astrabad or Astarabad (استرآباد), is the capital of Golestan Province, Iran. It lies approximately 400 kilometres (250 mi) to the north east of Tehran, some 30 km (19 mi) away from the Caspian Sea. In the 2006 census, its population was 269,226, in 73,702 families.
The Modern Persian word Gorgān (گرگان) is derived from Middle Persian Gurgān (𐭢𐭥𐭫𐭢𐭠𐭭), itself from Old Persian Varkāna (𐎺𐎼𐎣𐎠𐎴), the Achaemenid satrapy southeast of Caspian Sea (encompassed all of the present day Golestan Province, as well as some eastern parts of the Mazandaran province, and some southern parts of the modern-day Turkmenistan), which is reflected in Greek sources as Hyrcania (Ὑρκανία), Hyrcani or Hyrcana. The region is also mentioned in Avesta as Vəhrkāna (𐬬𐬆𐬵𐬭𐬐𐬁𐬥𐬀). The name is derived from the Proto-Iranian word *vrka-, meaning "wolf".
The Caspian form of the name is Wergen.
In modern times and until 1937 the city used to be known as Astarābād or Estarābād (استرآباد), which also can be read as Ester-ābād ("City of Esther"), based on which some has theorized that it refers to Esther, wife of the Persian king Xerxes I.
According to the Greek historian Arrian, Zadracarta was the largest city of Hyrcania and site of the "royal palace". The term means "the yellow city", and it was given to it from the great number of oranges, lemons, and other fruit trees which grew in the outskirts of that city.
Gurgan maintained its independence as a Zoroastrian state even after Persia was conquered by the invading Arab Muslims in 8th century.
The "Old Gorgan" was destroyed during the Mongol invasion in the 13th century, and the center of the region was moved to what was called "Astarabad", which is currently called "Gorgan".
Astarabad was an important political and religious city during the Qajar dynasty.
Geography and climate
The wide Dasht-e Gorgan (Plains of Gorgan) are located north of the city and geographically bounded by 37°00' - 37°30' north latitude and 54°00' - 54°30' east longitude, covering an area of about 1,700 square kilometres (660 sq mi).
In general, Golestan has a moderate and humid climate known as "the moderate Caspian climate." The effective factors behind such a climate are: Alborz mountain range, direction of the mountains, height of the area, neighborhood to the sea, vegetation surface, local winds, altitude and weather fronts. As a result of the above factors, three different climates exist in the region: plain moderate, mountainous, and semi-arid. Gorgan valley has a semi-arid climate. The average annual temperature is 18.2 °C (64.8 °F) and the annual rainfall is 600 millimetres (24 in).
|Climate data for Gorgan|
|Record high °C (°F)||29
|Average high °C (°F)||12.4
|Average low °C (°F)||3.4
|Record low °C (°F)||−10
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||55.0
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||7.4||8.0||10.5||8.0||6.1||4.2||3.7||4.2||5.2||5.7||6.7||6.8||76.5|
|Average relative humidity (%)||73||73||74||72||67||64||65||68||69||70||73||74||70.2|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||135.3||128.1||132.3||164.6||207.6||220.4||221.9||220.5||196.3||196.4||151.1||132.8||2,107.3|
|Source: Synoptic Stations Statistics|
The population of the city has been 329,536 as of 2011.
Majority of people of Gorgan speak Persian. A big portion of the city are migrants from nearby regions, including Mazanderanis, Azeris, people from Semnan and Khorasan provinces, as well as some Turkmens, and a small population of Kazakhs.
- House of Karen, an aristocratic feudal family first attested in the Arsacid era, belonged to the region of Hyrcania.
- Fakhroddin Asaad Gorgani, Persian poet and the composer of Vis and Ramin.
- Abu Sa'id al-Darir al-Jurjani, 9th century astronomer and mathematician
- Al-Masihi, 10th century physician and teacher of Avicenna
- Abd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī, 11th century grammarian and literary theorist
- Zayn al-Din al-Jurjani, 12th century royal physician
- Fazlallah Astarabadi (Naimi), 14th century mystic and founder of Hurufism
- Rustam Gorgani, 16th century physician
- Mir Fendereski, philosopher, poet and mysti
- Mir Damad, 17th century Islamic scholar and Neoplatonic philosopher
- Mirza Mehdi Khan Astarabadi, 18th century chief minister to Nader Shah
- Bibi Khatoon Astarabadi, a notable writer, satirist, and one of the pioneering figures of the women's movement of Iran
- Firishta, historian
- Sardar Rafie Yanehsari, Governor of Astarabad
- Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Traditional Persian musician.
- Nader Ebrahimi, author, poet, director, and researcher.
- Maryam Zandi, photographer.
Culture and art
Gorgan (as well as the whole Golestan province) has a world-famous carpet and rug industry, the Turkmen rug, made by Turkmen people. The patterns of these carpets are derived from the ancient Persian city of Bukhara, which is now in modern-day Uzbekistan.
Ceramic bowl from the Seljuk period
- Nahar Khoran Forest (ناهارخوران)
- Alangdare Forest (النگدره)
- Ziarat Village (روستای زیارت)
- Hezarpich Hill (هزارپیچ)
- Emadiyyeh School
- Sorkhankalateh Hill (سرخنکلاته)
- Ismail Shirine Sorkhankalateh
- Qajar era underground bathroom, Sorkhankalateh
Nahar Khoran Forest
Capri Cinema (کاپری), Bahman Cinema (سینما بهمن), and Asr-e Jadid Cinema (سینما غصر جدید), formerly called Moulin-Rouge Cinema (سینما مولنروژ), are among the oldest cinemas in Gorgan.
- Islamic Azad University of Gorgan
- Golestan University of Medical Sciences
- Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
- Mirdamad Institute of Higher Education
- Lamei Gorgani Institute of Higher Education
- Hakeem Jorjani Institute of Higher Education
There is an international airport near the city.
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- Also Romanized as Gorgān, Gurgān, and Gurgan. Persian pronunciation: [goɾˈgɒn]
- Also Romanized as Astarābād, Asterabad, and Esterabad. Persian pronunciation: [ʔæsˌtæɾɒːˈbɒːd]
- Gorgan can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3064853" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
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- KZ-Today September 11, 2006
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