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City and Municipality
Skyline of Ordubad
Ordubad is located in Azerbaijan
Coordinates: 38°54′29″N 46°01′40″E / 38.90806°N 46.02778°E / 38.90806; 46.02778Coordinates: 38°54′29″N 46°01′40″E / 38.90806°N 46.02778°E / 38.90806; 46.02778
Country  Azerbaijan
Autonomous republic Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic
Rayon Ordubad
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 10,372
Time zone AZT (UTC+4)
 • Summer (DST) AZT (UTC+5)
Area code(s) +994 036

Ordubad (also, Ordoubat and Ordubat), is the second largest town and a municipality of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan. It is the capital of the Ordubad rayon. It has a population of 10,372.

The closest railway station is Ordubad and distance to Nakhchivan city is 88 km. Ordubad in its current capacity of a town was founded in the 18th century.[2] The town is divided into five districts:

  • Ambaras
  • Kurdtatal
  • Mingis
  • Sar sheher
  • Uch


Ordubad is a name of Turco-Persian origin and means "city of army" (from Turkic ordu (army) and Persian bad (city)), which implies that the city was founded during the period of the Mongol or the ensuing Il-Khanid rule.[3]


Ordubad was once an important regional stop on the Silk Road trade route. It thus contains unique architecture situated on both sides of the Ordubadchay River.

World Heritage Status[edit]

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 24, 2001 in the Cultural category.[4]

Notable natives[edit]


  1. ^ World Gazetteer: Azerbaijan – World-Gazetteer.com
  2. ^ USSR: Administrative Territorial Division of the Union Republics, Moscow, 1977
  3. ^ "Ordubād". Encyclopaedia Iranica. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Ordubad historical and architectural reserve - UNESCO World Heritage Centre Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  5. ^ Ибрагимов Исмаил Али оглы (in Russian). Heroes of the country. 
  6. ^ "Ордубады Мамед Саид". Great Soviet Encyclopedia. 
  7. ^ "Рафиев Наджафкули Раджабали оглы". Heroes of the country. 
  8. ^ "Rizayev Novruz Kerim oglu". Minister of National Security Azerbaijan Republic. 
  9. ^ "Чероков Виктор Сергеевич". Great Soviet Encyclopedia. 
  10. ^ "член-корреспондент Юсиф Гейдарович Мамедалиев". Faculty of Chemistry, Moscow State University. 

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