Meshgin Shahr is a city in Ardabil Province and is located 839 kilometres north-west of Tehran. Being near the high Sabalan Mountains it enjoys a moderate mountainous climate. Sabalan’s summit can be seen from the south of the city with an eye catching scenery. The antiquity of the city dates back to the early centuries of the Islamic conquest but in the Safavid age it thrived even more.
The city is well known for its Azerbaijani rugs and its mineral springs.
In the past it was referred to as “Khiav”, “Orami”, or ”Varavi”. The longest suspended footbridge of the world is located above the Khiav river.