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Istarawshan ( Français: Istaravshan, Spanish: Istaravshan, Deutsch: Istarawschan, Русский: Истаравшан) - (The) city in Tajikistan, situated in Sughd Province region. According to the latest census, the city population is 52851. Geographical coordinates of Istarawshan (WGS84): latitude: 39° 54' 39" N ( 39.9108 ), longitude: 69° 0' 23" E ( 69.0064 ).

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Istaravshan is located in Tajikistan
Location in Tajikistan
Coordinates: 39°54′39″N 69°00′23″E / 39.91083°N 69.00639°E / 39.91083; 69.00639
Country  Tajikistan
Province Sughd Province
992 m (3,255 ft)
 (2019 est.)
 • Total 64,600
Time zone UTC+5

Istaravshan (Tajik: Истаравшан; Persian: استروشن‎) is a city in Sughd Province in Tajikistan. Located in the northern foothills of the Turkistan mountain range, 78 kilometers southwest of Khujand, Istaravshan is one of the oldest cities in today's Tajikistan, having existed for more than 2500 years. Before 2000, it was known as Ура́-Тюбе (Ura-Tyube) in Russian, Ӯротеппа (Ūroteppa) in Tajik and O‘ratepa in Uzbek, the native language of the locals. In 2000, the Tajik authorities decided to delete Uzbek names in country's map and renamed the Uzbek name of the city from O‘ratepa into Istaravshan, the process called as forced "Tajikization" or "Persification" by many.

Bordered by Uzbekistan in the north and west, and Kyrgyzstan in the east, the territorial area of Istaravshan stretches 1,830 square kilometers, and with an administrative population of 199,000 people, the majority of its citizens live in the outlying countryside.

The city lies on the main road connecting Tajikistan's two largest cities, Khujand and Dushanbe.

Historical importance

1923 map showing the Achaemenid empire at its greatest extent. The city of Cyropolis appears at the north-east corner of the empire, at the approximate location 40°N 69°E / 40°N 69°E / 40; 69, essentially the same location as Istaravshan.

The accompanying 1923 map of gives the location of the ancient city of Cyropolis as being a very close approximation to that of modern-day Istaravshan.


Istaravshan has a cold semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk). There is more rainfall in winter than in summer. The average annual temperature in Istaravshan is 12.2 °C (54.0 °F). About 485 mm (19.09 in) of precipitation falls annually.

Istaravshan on stamps

See also

  • List of cities in Tajikistan
  • Osrūshana


  1. ^ "Climate of Vose'". Weatherbase.com. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  2. ^ Population of the Republic of Tajikistan as of 1 January 2008, State Committee of Statistics, Dushanbe, 2008 (in Russian)

External links

  • Official web site
  • Istaravshan RISOL Internet Learning Center
  • Istaravshan IREX
  • OpenStreetMap

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