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Ardabil province

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Ardabil province with a population of 1,270,000 people in 2016 census was ranked 16th in the country in terms of population and with an area of 17,953 square kilometers is located in northwestern Iran and accounts for about 09.1% of the total area of the country. The common mother tongue of the people of the region is Azeri Turkish. Of course, the residents of some villages of Namin and Khalkhal city speak in the dialect of Tat and Talesh.
Geography
This province is bordered by the Republic of Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan Province in the west, by Zanjan Province in the south and by Gilan Province in the east, and the five cities of this province share about 369 km of borders with the Republic of Azerbaijan. Ardabil province has 11 cities named Ardabil, Aslandooz, Bilesvar, Sarein, Meshginshahr, Nyr, Garmi, Parsabad, Kowsar, Khalkhal and Namin and its center is Ardabil city. This province is known as the summer of Iran in terms of having a suitable climate and very unique capacities in the historical, natural and cultural fields. Tourism is considered as one of the most important reasons for development of Ardabil province. The World Collection of Sheikh Safiuddin Ardabili is one of the 19 UNESCO World-known Heritage Sites located in Ardabil.
Customs 
The use of local and traditional clothes is no longer common in many parts of Iran, including Ardabil province, but nomadic tribes and villagers in some parts of the province, such as Moghan and Arasbaran still use local clothes. The costumes of the Shahsoon nomads of Ardabil are the last remnants of the local indigenous clothing of this province.
Handicrafts
Ardabil handicrafts include wood mosaic, pottery, wood inlay, semi-precious stone cutting, painting, frame weaving, varnish weaving, kilim weaving, gilding, needlework, jajim weaving, wooden volumes, local clothes (traditional clothes), Carpentry, porcelain knitting, silver making, leather handicrafts, traditional construction, carpet design, traditional ornaments, glass cutting, engraving, stone engraving, wood lattice, mosaic tile, batik printing, fabric painting, sculpture, construction Pottery volumes, painting on glass, fuel on wood, seven-color tiles, plastering, laundry, painting on leather, embroidery, engraving, carving, copper-plating, knife-making, saddlery, sawmill, dyeing, embroidery, tapestry. Honey and black halva are among the most famous souvenirs of this province. Other souvenirs in the region include dairy products such as buttermilk, butter, yogurt, cheese, etc.
Tourism attraction
Ardabil province is full of valuable historical monuments, natural sights and people's homes with original and rich culture, Shirvan Darreh Si, which is one of the reasons for its popularity among travelers and tourists. Tomb of Sheikh Safi Al-Din Ardabili, Shurabil Ardabil Lake, Noor Lake in 48 km southeast of Ardabil, Ardabil Old Bazaar, Yeri city in Ardabil, Meshginshahr old Bridge, Meshginshahr Castle, Alvarez Sarein ski resort, which is the largest ski resort in Iran, Fandoghlu forest in Namin,Fandoghlu forest grass skiing, Shabil Spa and Atoglu Lake Shirvan Valley in Meshginshahr, Khalkhal Paradise Nature, Tomb of Seyed Amin al-Din Jabrail in Ardabil, Tomb of Sheikh Heydar in Meshginshahr, Holy Mary Church of Ardabil, Ardabil Anthropology Museum, Ardabil Grand Mosque, Ardabil, Sabalan Meshginshahr and Sarein spa complexes such as Sabalan Sarein water treatment complex and the stone village of Vind Kalkhoran Sarein are among these sights.

Ardabil Sabalan peak

 Ardabil Sabalan peak

Sabalan peak of Ardabil is located 35 km west of Ardabil and 25 km southeast of Meshginshahr. In terms of geographical divisions of Ardabil province, this mountain is located in the distance between the central part of Ardabil city and Lahroud part of Meshginshahr city.

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Yeri city in Ardabil

Yeri city in Ardabil

Yeri city of Ardabil is an ancient site in Lahroud section of Ardabil province. This area contains 280 ancient raised stones that date back to more than 6,000 BC. These areas date back to the Late Bronze Age, Neolithic, Late Copper and Early Iron Ages. These raised stones with different heights of 70 to 360 cm, which are mostly painted in human shapes.

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