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Shahrekord is the capital city of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, Iran. It is the largest city in the province, and is 90 km away from Iran's third largest city, Isfahan. At the time of the 2006 census, Shahrekord had a population of about 148,464 and the Shahrekord metropolitan area had a population of 380,312. Shahrekord is known for its natural environment, cold winters, waterfalls and rivers. Shahrkord is the Iran’s highest capital city at 2070m above the sea level. This led the city to be known as “Roof of Iran”. Shahrekord is at a distance of 521km southwest from Tehran.Its weather is dry, cold in winter and mild in summer. The town has a ski resort located about 35km away and several natural lagoons and small lakes for outdoor activities.NameIn antiquity, before the Islamic occupation of Persia, it had been called "Dezh Gord" . The word Dezh means fortress and the word Gord means "Hero". After the Muslim conquest of Persia and the supremacy of the Arabic language, its name was changed to "Deh Kord" دهكرد, because the arabic alphabet lacks the letters “zh” and “g” . The name of the city was changed from "Deh Kord" to "Shahr-e-Kord" in 1935. There are some other cities such as Chamgordan, Boroujerd and Dezful which were called Chamgord, Borougord and Dezhpol, respectively, before the Muslim conquest of Persia. The name of the city, in Kurdish and Persian, means the "city of Kurds" and it's people are from ethnic Kurds who speak in Bakhtiari dialect although under th effect of assimilation some of them speak in Persian and deny their origin.Use our Iran travel planning website to plan your trip to Shahr Kord and other destinations in Iran.
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