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Soltaniyeh near Zanjan, Iran

City in northwestern Iran with 310,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate). It is the capital of the Zanjan Province with 970,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 21,841 km².
The economy is based upon the production of milled rice and flour, handwoven cloth, metalware and coarse carpets. Zanjan lies on the Teheran-Tabriz railway line.
The main attraction of the Zanjan region is in the village of Soltaniye. The Gombad-e Soltaniyeh, with its 51 metres tall dome, is the only remaining monument from the 14th century Ilkhan Mongol dynasty in Iran.

1978: Fighting between the locals and the Iranian army, a prelude to the Iranian Revolution.

By Tore Kjeilen