News ID: 137268
Published: 1043 GMT February 24, 2016

Khoy Bazaar precincts demarcated

Khoy Bazaar precincts demarcated

The precincts of Khoy Bazaar, in Khoy, West Azarbaijan Province, were demarcated, announced the director general of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) for Inscription of Historical, Cultural and Natural Sites.


Farhad Nazari further said that it includes 16 monuments registered on the National Heritage List and 17 historical monuments located in the vicinity of the bazaar.

Following the demarcation, Khoy Bazaar has been brought under the protection of ICHHTO, he said.

Henceforth, any trespassing or ownership within the precincts of Khoy Bazaar will be considered a crime and be liable to prosecution, he added.

The Grand Bazaar of Khoy is situated in the eastern part of the city parallel to Taleqani and Enqelab streets. The bazaar is a remnant of the Safavid, Zand and Qajar eras staring from the 10th century CE.

The bazaar is divided into various sections.

Khoy is located to the north of Orumieh, the provincial capital.

The region's economy revolves around agriculture, particularly the production of fruit, grain and timber.

Khoy is also known as the Sunflower City of Iran.

While the local language is Azeri, most inhabitants can converse in Persian. As in other parts of the country, the main religion in Khoy is Shiite Islam.

Khoy is a historical city located on the Silk Road. There are numerous vestiges in the city pertaining to various eras.

The city has been a battleground in different eras and was occupied by enemies several times.

Khoy was the capital of the 'Emirate of Khoy', born out of the Armenian Vaspurakan Kingdom between 908 CE and 1021 CE. During 1208-10 CE, it was occupied by the forces of Tamar of Georgia.

The city was attacked by Russia in 1827. In 1911, it was occupied by Ottoman troops and with the onset of World War I, they withdrew in 1917. During World War II, it was again occupied, this time by Soviet troops, who remained there until 1946.

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