- Markazi Province
— Province — Coordinates: Coordinates: Country Iran Capital Arak Counties 11 Area - Total 29,127 km2 (11,246 sq mi) Population (2006) - Total 1,351,257 - Density 46.4/km2 (120.2/sq mi) Time zone IRST (UTC+03:30) - Summer (DST) IRST (UTC+04:30) Main language(s) Persian
Markazi lies in western Iran. Its capital is Arak. Its population is estimated at 1.35 million. The present borders of the province date to the 1980s, when the province was split into the current Markazi and the Tehran Province, with portions being annexed by Esfahan, Semnan Province, and Zanjan.
Markazi province was part of the Median Empire in the first millennium BC, which included all of the central and western parts of modern day Iran. The region is considered to be one of the ancient settlements on the Iranian plateau. Numerous remaining ruins testify to the antiquity of this area.
In recent times, the expansion of the North-South railroad (commonly known as the Persian Corridor) and the establishing of major industries helped boost development in the area.
Many figures in Iranian history trace their beginnings to this province. namely: Mirza Abulqasem Qaem Maqam, Abbas Eqbal Ashtiani, Mirza Taqi Khan Amir Kabir, Qaem Maqam Farahani, Mahmoud Hessabi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Araki, and many others.
Counties and districts
Markazi province consists of 11 counties and 18 districts (Khondab County has been added to the counties as of 2007).
Map Shahrestan Map Key Bakhsh Center Arak A Central Arak k Khondab Ashtian Ash Central Ashtian Delijan D Central Delijan Komijan K Central Komijan m Milajerd Khomein Kh Central Khomein k Kamareh Mahallat M Central Mahallat Saveh S Central Saveh n Nobaran Shazand Sh Central Shazand s Sarband z Zalian Tafresh T Central Tafresh f Farahan Zarandiyeh Z Central Mamooniyeh k Kharqan Neighbor provinces: E: Esfahan, H: Hamedan, L: Lorestan, Qm: Qom, Qz: Qazvin, T: Tehran
Colleges and universities
- Arak University of Medical Sciences
- Iran University of Science and Technology, Arak Campus
- University of Arak
- Tafresh University
- Islamic Azad University of Khomein
- Islamic Azad University of Arak
- Islamic Azad University of Saveh
- Islamic Azad University of Farahan
- Islamic Azad University of Ashtian
- Islamic Azad University of Tafresh
- Tarbiat Moallem University of Arak
- Official website of Markazi Governorship
- Foreign Commercial Centre of Markazi Province
- Provincial Cultural Heritage Organization
- Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Mines
Qazvin Province Alborz Province Tehran Province Hamadan Province Qom Province Markazi Province Lorestan Province Isfahan Province Markazi Province Capital Counties and CitiesAshtianFarahan CountyFarmahin · SaruqiKhomeyn CountyKhomeyn · Qurchi BashiKhondab CountyKhondabKomijan CountyKomijan · MilajerdShazand · Astaneh · Bazneh · Hendudur · TurehMamuniyeh · Parandak · Razeghi · Zaviyeh SightsChal nakhjir cave, Delijan · Khorheh · Atashkoh fire temple, Nimvar · Mausoleum of Mahmoud Hessaby ,Tafresh · Arak's grand Bazzar · Mahallat's flower and plant festival · Aveh ancient cite, Saveh · Chaharfasl bath museum, Arak · Hezaveh village · Jameh Mosque of Saveh · Panzdah khordad dam · Emarat lake, Shazand · Azadkhan cave, Mahallat · Mostufi-al-mamalek's castle, Ashtian · Dudahak caravansary, Delijan · Naragh's historical complex · Sepahdar school, Arak · Sheshnaveh mosque · Mahdiabad's Yakhchal · Provinces of Iran
Alborz · Ardabil · Bushehr · Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari · East Azerbaijan · Isfahan · Fars · Gilan · Golestan · Hamadan · Hormozgan · Ilam · Kerman · Kermanshah · Khuzestan · Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad · Kurdistan · Lorestan · Markazi · Mazandaran · North Khorasan · Qazvin · Qom · Razavi Khorasan · Semnan · Sistan and Baluchestan · South Khorasan · Tehran · West Azerbaijan · Yazd · Zanjan
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