Natural sceneries and tourist attractions

Sahand mountain
Sahand  mountain (Persian) is a massive, heavily eroded stratovolcano in East Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran. At 3,707 m (12,162 ft), it is the highest mountain in the province of East Azarbaijan.  It is one of the highest mountains in Iranian Azerbaijan, in addition to being an important dormant volcano in the country. The Sahand mountains are directly south of Tabriz, the highest peak of which is Kamal at an elevation of 3,707 m.. Approximately 17 peaks can be accounted for as being over 3,000 m. in height. Due to the presence of a variety of flora and fauna, the Sahand mountains are known as the bride of mountains in Iran. The absolute dating of Sahand rocks indicates that this volcano has been sporadically active from 12 million years ago up to almost 0.14 million years ago. Sahand is made chiefly of dacite and associated felsic rocks.

Alavian Lake and Dam

The Alavian Lake and  Dam is situated on the Soofi Chay river in East Azerbaijan Province, north-western Iran. It is located about 3 kilometers north of Maraqeh. It is an earth-fill embankment dam with a height of 76 meters and was built between 1990 and 1995; opening on January 1, 1996. The dam serves to provide flood control and water supply for municipal and irrigation uses.

Pigeon or Hampoyl Cave

This cave is sited in the southern mountains of Maragheh. It's a natural cave and it has not been discovered fully yet. The accumulation of a large folks of pigeons inside it, and huge folks of pigeons living in the cave has made the cave famous for pigeon cave.

Mineral springs

Some mineral springs are around Maragheh city namely: Shurso, Goshayesh, Isti bulagh, Gragpalchikh and Shorsu. Water of these springs are useful for treatment of skin diseases.


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