Shahbuz District

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Map of Azerbaijan showing Shabuz Rayon
Map of Azerbaijan showing Shabuz Rayon
Country  Azerbaijan
Autonomous republic Nakhchivan
Settlement 1
Villages 22
Capital Şahbuz
 • Executive power Quliyev N.
 • Total 836.58 km2 (323.01 sq mi)
 • Total 21,800
 • Density 26/km2 (67/sq mi)
Time zone AZT (UTC+4)
Postal code 7100
Telephone code (+994) 36
Road sign at the entrance to Shakhbuz District

Shahbuz (Azerbaijani: Şahbuz; also known as Dereshahbuz and Shakhbuz) is a rayon of Azerbaijan in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Shahbuz district was established in August 8, 1930. In the north and east, it is bordered by the Republic of Armenia. The area of the district is 836.58 square kilometres (323.01 sq mi). There are 1 city, 1 settlement and 22 villages within the district. The district capital is Şahbuz.[1]

General İnformation[edit]

Covering 27 villages and plateaus of the Oyuqlucaqaya, Bazaryurd, Dərəbash, Qachdash, Nərkechi and Armudlu, the region of Dərəşahbuz was established in the 16th century and functioned up to 40th years of the 19th century.[2] In 1925, it was named Narimanov District in the administrative-territorial unit of Nakhchivan (encompassing 30 villages). Since 1930, "Shahbuz" name has been restored. In 1963, the district was abolished and given to the Nakhchivan (since 1978, Babak) region. Since 1965, it has been an independent district. In 2007, the settlement of Shahbuz was given city status.[3] In 2013, by decree of President of Azerbaijan Republic, Qarababa village was dissolved and added into the administrative territory of the city of Shahbuz.[4] The population of the city is up to 5000.

Shahbuz district is located in the north of NAR. It is a mountainous area. Salvarti (3162 m), Uchgardash (3156 m), and Kechaldagh (3115 m) are the highest points. Like the rest of the republic, many underground waters flow here, such as badamli, batabat, caravansarai, bichanak and other mineral waters. There are sulfur, construction materials, peat deposits. The district has the river Nakhchivanchay River and its tributaries - Kuku, Shahbuz, Salvarti - and Ganligol and Batabat Lakes. The mountains are heavily forested. "Badamli" resort was built near the Badamli mineral water plant.

Etymology and history[edit]

There are different versions of the etymology of the name of Shahbuz. At the historical sources, first time the name of "Shahbuz" can be found on the map which shows treasury of copper coins of the state of Eldiguzids and in the historical work of Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi "Zafarnama", historian of Amir Timur.[5]

Historical crime against Nakhchivan[edit]

After the signing of the Treaty of Kars, in spite of the announcement of Nakhchivan region the Soviet Socialist Republic, Armenia tried to refuse from this article of the Treaty of Kars with certain excuses and began to make territorial claims against Nakhchivan. With the decisions of the Transcaucasian Central Executive Committee in 1929-1931, part of the territory of Nakhchivan ASSR has illegally been given to Armenia. Thus, Qurdqulaq (Gurdgulag), Xaçik (Khachik), Horadiz (Horadis) villages of the Sharur District, Ağbinə (Aghbina), Ağxaç (Aghkhaj), Almalı (Almaly), İtqıran (Itkyran), Sultanbəy (Sultanbek) villages of the Shahbuz District, Mehri (Meghri), Buğakər (Bughakar), Aldərə (Aldara), Lehvaz, Astazur, Nüvədi (Nyuvadi) settlements which includes to the Qərcıvan (Gorchivan) administrative unit of Ordubad District, a part of the Kilit village, altogether, 657 square kilometers area were given to Armenia. In 1930, moreover, the Mehri district was established on the basis of separated land. In subsequent years, a number of areas also annexed to Armenia. In the 1990s, the Armenian armed forces have occupied the village of Karki. Thus, about 15 per cent of the determined territory of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic by the Treaty of Kars, has illegally been occupied by Armenia in 20-90-es of the last century.[6]


# Municipality Population
1 Şahbuz 4507
2 Keçili 1663
3 Kolanı 1379
4 Kükü 1451
5 Şahbuzkənd 1187
6 Külüs 1169
7 Biçənək 1157
8 Badamlı 1078
9 Aşağı Qışlaq 904
10 Nursu 799
11 Mahmudoba 797
12 Qızıl Qışlaq 692
13 Sələsüz 588
14 Badamlı 582
15 Güney Qışlaq 545
16 Ayrınc 544
17 Yuxarı Qışlaq 516
18 Gömür 474
19 Ağbulaq 436
20 Türkeş 399
21 Daylaqlı 395
22 Mərəlik 215
23 Kiçikoba 171
24 Şada 161
25 Total 21,809

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Coordinates: 39°29′N 45°40′E / 39.483°N 45.667°E / 39.483; 45.667