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A City with Crystalline Lake and Golden Clusters of Grapes

Persian poets have long lauded the variety of grape gardens in Urmia: “On the scenic roads of Urmia, you will see caravans loaded with grapes”. West Azerbaijan province is blessed with natural beauty, including the areas of Urmia, Maku, and Silvaneh (Silvana), a city located on the slopes of the high elevations, between the borders of Iran and Turkey. The name “Silvana” originates from the Italian word which means goddess of the forest, and the region is popularly known as ‘a little piece of heaven’.

 

The majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Takht-e Soleyman, located in the southeast of this city, conceals many mysterious of ancient empires. According to historical records, there was a temple in this city built by order of Saint Mary, and was perhaps the first church before the birth of Christ. Historically, Urmia was also known as ‘the city of religions’ due to its diverse population that included people of different faiths and ethnicities living together in peace.

 

With the appearance of American missionaries in the early 19th century, Urmia began the process of modernization earlier than other cities of Iran, and the first modern school, hospital, and printing house of Iran were built in this city. Among the attractions in the city are the Segonbad Tower, Urmia Jame Mosque, and St. Mary’s Church.

Urmia

Persian poets have long lauded the variety of grape gardens in Urmia: “On the scenic roads of Urmia, you will see caravans loaded with grapes”. West Azerbaijan province is blessed with natural beauty, including the areas of Urmia, Maku, and Silvaneh (Silvana), a city located on the slopes of the high elevations, between the borders of Iran and Turkey. The name “Silvana” originates from the Italian word which means goddess of the forest, and the region is popularly known as ‘a little piece of heaven’.

 

The majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Takht-e Soleyman, located in the southeast of this city, conceals many mysterious of ancient empires. According to historical records, there was a temple in this city built by order of Saint Mary, and was perhaps the first church before the birth of Christ. Historically, Urmia was also known as ‘the city of religions’ due to its diverse population that included people of different faiths and ethnicities living together in peace.

 

With the appearance of American missionaries in the early 19th century, Urmia began the process of modernization earlier than other cities of Iran, and the first modern school, hospital, and printing house of Iran were built in this city. Among the attractions in the city are the Segonbad Tower, Urmia Jame Mosque, and St. Mary’s Church.

Urmia

Persian poets have long lauded the variety of grape gardens in Urmia: “On the scenic roads of Urmia, you will see caravans loaded with grapes”. West Azerbaijan province is blessed with natural beauty, including the areas of Urmia, Maku, and Silvaneh (Silvana), a city located on the slopes of the high elevations, between the borders of Iran and Turkey. The name “Silvana” originates from the Italian word which means goddess of the forest, and the region is popularly known as ‘a little piece of heaven’.

 

The majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Takht-e Soleyman, located in the southeast of this city, conceals many mysterious of ancient empires. According to historical records, there was a temple in this city built by order of Saint Mary, and was perhaps the first church before the birth of Christ. Historically, Urmia was also known as ‘the city of religions’ due to its diverse population that included people of different faiths and ethnicities living together in peace.

 

With the appearance of American missionaries in the early 19th century, Urmia began the process of modernization earlier than other cities of Iran, and the first modern school, hospital, and printing house of Iran were built in this city. Among the attractions in the city are the Segonbad Tower, Urmia Jame Mosque, and St. Mary’s Church.

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