Shirvan, Iran

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Shirvan is located in Iran
Coordinates: 37°23′48″N 57°55′46″E / 37.39667°N 57.92944°E / 37.39667; 57.92944Coordinates: 37°23′48″N 57°55′46″E / 37.39667°N 57.92944°E / 37.39667; 57.92944
Country  Iran
Province North Khorasan
County Shirvan
Bakhsh Central
Population (2006)
 • Total 82,790
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+4:30)
Shirvan, Iran at GEOnet Names Server

Shirvan (Persian: شيروان‎‎, also Romanized as Shīrvān)[1] is a city in and the capital of Shirvan County, North Khorasan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 82,790, in 20,878 families.[2]


The name of this city branches from the old Persian word, Shī‎r (Persian: شیر‎‎, 'Lion').[3] It might be because of the mountain in the south of the city which looks like a big lion at rest. The history of Shirvan is more than 7000 years old, as archaeologists found some graves in Gelian an Khanlogh (Villages of Shirvan) which are related to Achaemenid Empire era.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Shirvan, Iran can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3085108" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  2. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ Heptner, V. G.; Sludskij, A. A. (1992) [1972]. "Lion". Mlekopitajuščie Sovetskogo Soiuza. Moskva: Vysšaia Škola [Mammals of the Soviet Union. Volume II, Part 2. Carnivora (Hyaenas and Cats)]. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation. pp. 82–95.