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Zanjan Province
Zanjan Province
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Zanjan is located 320 km northwest of Tehran. It lies in an open valley about midway between Tehran and Tabriz by road or by rail. Good bus connections as well as regular flights are also available from Tehran.

The city is attributed to the founder of the Sassanid empire, Ardeshir Babakan. Zanjan is divided into three sections: The central part (the city itself), and two districts out of the city limits namely: Mahneshan and Tarom-e Olya.

Zanjan dates back to the Sassanid era. Muslims took control of the city in the 7th century CE only to be obliterated during the Mongol invasion in the 13th century CE. It boasts of a vivid record in civilization, culture, arts and science, experiencing both glory and hardship.

The city lies in an agricultural belt with abundant grain harvests. Zanjan is also famous for its seedless grapes.

Industries produce milled rice and flour, hand-woven cloth, metal ware, and coarse carpets. It is also known for brick works and cement factory.

Zanjan is also famous for beautiful handcrafts such as knives, traditional sandals called 'charoogh' and 'malileh'. 'Malileh' is a handcraft made with silver wires.

Artists in Zanjan produce many wares such as various decorative dishes and their special covers as well as silver jewelry. In ancient times, Zanjan was known for its stainless and sharp knives.

Zanjan is the happiest province in Iran. It has a predominantly Azari population.

Every September, Zanjan hosts National Iranian Ash (pottage) Festival which draws many tourists. In addition to relishing different kinds of thick soups, the participants select and introduce the most delicious ones.