Sites & cities that bear the name of Esfarayen


Today in : Iran (Islamic Republic of)
First trace of activity : ca. 5th century C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 17th century C.E
Recorded names : Asbarayin, Mehrjān, Mīyānābād, Meyanābād, Mīānābād, اسفراین‎, Isfarayini, Belqeis, بلقیس

Description : Esfarayen (Persian: اسفراین‎, also Romanized as Esfarāyen; formerly, Meyanābād, Mīānābād, and Mīyānābād) is a city and capital of Esfarayen County, North Khorasan Province in Iran. At the 2011 census its population was 60,372 persons in 17,334 families. The largest ethnic groups of the Esfarayen city are Kurmanjs and Tats. Esfarayen is one of the focal points for residence of Aryan tribes after entering Iran. After the Islamic conquest of Persia, Esfarayen enjoyed a period of great prosperity, which came to an end with the fall of the Abbasid caliphate, when it fell victim to attacks and eventual destruction, although it was, eventually, rebuilt. The city was in a completely ruinous state at the time of the ruler Ebrahim Afshar (the mid-eighteenth century).

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