13 Facts About Ardabil


Ardabil is a city in northwestern Iran, and the capital of Ardabil Province.

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Ardabil rugs are renowned and the ancient Ardabil carpets are considered among the best of classical Persian carpets.

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Ardabil is home to a World Heritage Site, the Ardabil Shrine, the sanctuary and tomb of Shaikh Safi ad-Din, eponymous founder of the Safavid dynasty.

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Name Ardabil comes from the Avestan artavil or artawila which means "holy place".

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Safavid king Ismail I, born in Ardabil, started his campaign to nationalize Iran's government and land from there, but consequently announced Tabriz as his capital in 1501.

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Yet Ardabil remained an important city both politically and economically until modern times.

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Ardabil united Iran for the first time in several centuries and established the Shi'i form of Islam as the state religion.

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Ardabil was not necessarily a slave in the literal sense but called himself one to express humility, while the word for 'portal' can be used for a royal court or a shrine.

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Two Ardabil carpets were still in the shrine of Shaykh Safi al-Din in 1843, when one was seen by two British visitors.

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The Ardabil carpet hung on the wall in this gallery for many years.

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The mineral springs of Ardabil are notable throughout Iran for their medicinal qualities.

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Economy of Ardabil is partially agricultural, partially tourist-based, with some industries in operation.

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The most popular team in Ardabil is Shahrdari Ardabil, promoted in 2014 to the Azadegan League, the second tier of Iranian football.

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