About Khoy
About Khoy
-    Geography:
Khoy County is the largest and most populous county of West Azerbaijan province after the Urmia with an area of 5,548 square kilometers in the northwest of Iran and Azerbaijan and has an official border with Turkey. The center of this county is Khoy, which is located in the north of West Azerbaijan province with an area of about 30 square kilometers. Khoy is located in a wide plain and surrounded by soaring mountains and so it is known as "Khoy Chokhoro".
According to the results of the 2016 (1395) census, the country divisions of this county based on the district, city, rural district and village are as follows:

  •     Khoy districts include the central district, Safaieh district (center of Zarabad), Evogli district (center of Evogli) and Qotur district (center of Qotur).
  •     Khoy, Firuraq, Dizaj, Evogli, Zarabad and Qotur are also cities of Khoy County.
-    Demographics:
According to the 2016 (1395) census, the population of this county was 348,664 people, of which 225,931 were in urban areas and 122,731 were in rural areas. Khoy is 780 and 165 km away from Tehran and Tabriz, respectively, and the Iran-Europe transit road crosses 30 km from there.
-    History :
Khoy is one of the ancient centers of civilization in northwestern Iran and the Historical Bazaar of Khoy is the peak of civilization of urban civilization and urban planning in the Islamic period. Due to 7,000 years old and being located on the Silk Road, Khoy has a vicissitudinous history and civilization and has witnessed various historical events. With this historical and cultural background, Khoy is the burial place of many famous people in the history of Iran.
Khoy has been one of the most important military bases for defending Iran throughout history. The fateful epic battle of Chaldiran took place between the two empires of Iran and the Ottoman Empire in the neighborhood of Khoy.
The famous Iranian hero, Pourya-ye Vali, is one of the heroes (Pahlevan) of this land and his tomb is also located in Khoy. The tomb of Shams Tabrizi, the great and famous poet of Iran, is also located in this city. Due to the cultural commonalities and the existence of the tomb of Shams Tabrizi, as the master of Rumi, in Khoy and the tomb of Rumi in Konya, Turkey, there are a sisterhood relationship between these two cities.
 Koroghlu fortress (Koroğlu qalası) is located in this city. Koroghlu is a common epic hero among many Turks, including the Turks of Azerbaijan and Turkey, the Turkmen, the Uzbeks and the Uyghurs. The poems and songs of this historical myth are read among the ethnics of 16 countries and is one of the cultural commonalities between neighboring countries and ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) .
Khoy is populated by both Azerbaijanis and Kurds. The main religious belief is Shia Islam and also a minority of Sunni Muslims also live there.
-    Historic sites, tourist and natural attractions :
Regarding the natural attractions of Khoy County, it should be said that the average annual rainfall of 300-400 mm and the presence of snowcapped mountains around the city has created beautiful and pristine natural landscapes in Khoy. Especially late spring and early summer are the best times to travel and benefit from the divine gifts of Khoy. The resort of Pereh, the Valley of Hell (Jahannam-darreh), the Valley of Qolo (Qolo Darrasi), ALIŞIQ, Haji Bey Yaylak (Haji Bey Yaylaghi), the Valley of Qara (Qolo Darrasi), Mamishkhan, Qris, the Avrin foothills, and tens of boiling springs are just a few of the natural and scenic places of Khoy.
Part of the valuable history of Khoy city can be seen in historical sites such as Shams Tabrizi tomb, Pourya-ye Vali tomb, Khatoon bridge (Pol Khatoon), covered Bazaar, Kabiri-ha house (Khane-ye Kabiriha), Abd al-Muttalib Khan, Mullah Hassan, Seyed Al-Shohada, and Haji Baba old mosques, Khan caravanserai, Sorp Sarkis and Mahlazan churches, Seyed Behlool shrine and etc.
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