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Istaravshan 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 Tajikistan, having existed for more than 2500 years. Before 2000, it was known as Ура́-Тюбе in Russian, Ӯротеппа in Tajik and Uratepe in Turkish.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 importanceThe 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 on stampsPlan how to spend your time in Istaravshan and other destinations in Tajikistan using our Tajikistan driving holiday planning app.
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