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Encyclopedia > Astara (rayon)
Astara
Map of Azerbaijan showing Astara rayon
Population: 89,600
Area (km².): 620
Capital: Astara

Astara is a rayon in southeastern Azerbaijan. Image File history File links Map of Azerbaijan showing Astara rayonu. ... Astara is a rayon in southeastern Azerbaijan. ... Map of the administrative divisions of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan is divided into: 59 rayons (rayonlar; rayon - singular), 11 cities* (saharlar; sahar - singular), 1 autonomous republic** (muxtar respublika); All listed are rayons (with Rayonu after their name) unless otherwise noted. ...

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Etymology

There are two main theories for the etymology of the city's name. One is that it is derived from the Persian or Talysh word آهسته رو (Aste-ro or Aheste-ro), meaning "the place where the travel gets slower" (given the marshlands that surrounded the region before). [1].The oldest theory is comes from Vedic songs and writings which explains Astara as a place where the rays of lights shine from behind to lit the pathways ahead. Persian (local name: FārsÄ« or PārsÄ«) is an Indo-European language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and by minorities in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Southern Russia, neighboring countries, and elsewhere. ... Talysh (also Talishi, Taleshi or Talyshi) are an Iranian people who speak one of the Northwestern Iranian languages. ...


Another theory is that the name may be derived from the Turkic words AST (=lower)+ ARA (or ARALIQ =land); meaning "The lower land", because it's located in one of the lowest lands of Azeri populated areas. However considering the fact that the city was named prior to the Turkish migration in late 19th century, this theory is highly speculative and most likely politically motivated. The Turkic languages constitute a language family of some thirty languages, spoken across a vast area from Eastern Europe to Siberia and Western China with an estimated 140 million native speakers and tens of millions of second-language speakers. ...


Location

The town of Astara is a small picturesque Caspian port town, on the Iranian border, capital of Azerbaijan's southernmost rayon. If you are coming north form Lankaran, a giant samovar by the road welcomes you to the rayon. Astara is a rayon in southeastern Azerbaijan. ... The Caspian Sea is the largest lake on Earth by both area and volume,[1] with a surface area of 371,000 square kilometres (143,244 mi²) and a volume of 78,200 cubic kilometres (18,761 mi³).[2] It is a landlocked endorheic body of water and lies between... Lankaran, or Lenkoran, (Azeri: LÉ™nkÉ™ran) is a small city in Azerbaijan, on the coast of the Caspian Sea, near the southern border with Iran, with a population of 48,400 (2002), at least half of which are Talysh. ...


The town is located near the Tavalesh mountains and surrounded by a sea of rice fields. Plenty of enjoyable sandy beaches are to be found around Astara, and the water is cleaner than on the Apsheron peninsula.


Economy

Astara is an important transit point for all kinds of goods, as the numerous lorries at the border well illustrate. The pipeline coming from Abadan also enters Azerbaijan in Astara. Arvand river between Abadan (left) and khorramshahr (right). ...


People

The area is home to a large Talysh population, mostly of whom are Shi'a Muslim and speak the Talysh language. They live on both sides of the border along the western shore of the Caspian. Talysh (also Talishi, Taleshi or Talyshi) are an Iranian people who speak one of the Northwestern Iranian languages. ... Shia Islam, also Shiite Islam, or Shiism (Arabic:شيعة, Persian:شیعه translit: ) is a denomination of the Islamic faith. ... Talysh (also Talishi, Taleshi or Talyshi) are an Iranian people who speak one of the Northwestern Iranian languages. ...


During the 18th century, Astara was the capital of the Talysh Khanate, until the local ruler Garakhan moved it to Lankaran. Talysh khanate was an independent principality that existed on the territory of modern Azerbaijan Republic between 1747 and 1813. ... Lankaran, or Lenkoran, (Azeri: Lənkəran) is a small city in Azerbaijan, on the coast of the Caspian Sea, near the southern border with Iran, with a population of 48,400 (2002), at least half of which are Talysh. ...


Travelling

Here you can cross the border into Iran, well you cross the river Astara to the Iranian half of the town, also called Astara (the Baku to Tehran bus stops in Astara). Expect long delays at the border, however entering Iran is now a lot easier than a few years ago. The Iranian government is quite eager for the Euros brought in by the tourists, although they still prefer 'package tours' to independent travelers.[citation needed] Astara is a city in the Iranian province of Gilan. ... Municipality: Baku Area: 1000 km² Altitude: -28 m Population: 2,074,300 census 2003 Population density: 1280 persons/km² Postal Code: +99450 Area code: 012 Municipality code: BA Latitude: 41° 01 52 N Longitude: 21° 20 25 E Weather types: 9 of 11 Mayor: Hajibala Abutalybov The Baku region. ... Tehran (IPA: ; Persian: تهران, Middle Persian: طھران, also transliterated as Teheran or Tehrān), population (as of 2005) 7,314,000 (metropolitan: 12,151,000), and a land area of 658 square kilometers (254 sq mi), is the capital city of Iran (Persia) and the center of Tehran Province. ...

Subdivisions of Azerbaijan Flag of Azerbaijan
Districts: Absheron | Agdam | Agdash | Agjabadi | Agstafa | Agsu | Astara | Babek* | Balakan | Barda | Beylagan | Bilasuvar | Dashkasan | Davachi | Fizuli | Gadabay | Goranboy | Goychay | Hajigabul | Imishli | Ismailli | Jabrayil | Jalilabad | Julfa* | Kalbajar | Kangarli* | Khachmaz | Khanlar | Khizi | Khojali | Khojavend | Kurdamir | Lachin | Lankaran | Lerik | Masally | Neftchala | Oguz | Ordubad* | Qabala | Qakh | Qazakh | Qobustan | Quba | Qubadli | Qusar | Saatly | Sabirabad | Sadarak* | Salyan | Samukh | Shakhbuz* | Shaki | Shamakhi | Shamkir | Sharur* | Shusha | Siazan | Tartar | Tovuz | Ujar | Yardymli | Yevlakh | Zangilan | Zaqatala | Zardab
Municipalities: Ali Bayramli | Baku | Ganja | Khankendi | Lankaran | Mingachevir | Naftalan | Nakhichevan City* | Shaki | Sumqayit | Shusha | Yevlakh
Asterisks indicate parts of the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic

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Astara (rayon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (324 words)
The town of Astara is a small picturesque Caspian port town, on the Iranian border, capital of Azerbaijan's southernmost rayon.
Astara is an important transit point for all kinds of goods, as the numerous lorries at the border well illustrate.
During the 18th century, Astara was the capital of the Talysh Khanate, until the local ruler Garakhan moved it to Lankaran.
NodeWorks - Encyclopedia: Astara, Azerbaijan (77 words)
Astara is also a city in the Iranian province of Gilan.
The name Astara is derived from the Persian word آهسته رو Aste-ro or Aheste-ro meaning "the place where the travel gets slower" (given the marshlands that surrounded the region before).
The Arani (Azerbaijani) Astara was ceded from Persia by the Gulistan Treaty of 1813 between Russia and Persia.
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