Located in the northern foothills of the Turkistan mountain range, 78 kilometers southwest of Khujand, Istaravshan is one of the oldest cities in Tajikistan, having existed for more than 2500 years. The accompanying 1923 map of gives the location of the ancient city of Cyropolis as being a very close approximation to that of modern day Istaravshan. Istaravshan is an old city home to the well known and beautiful Abdullatif Madrassah and Mosque. You can easily visit Istaravshan as either a day trip from Khojand or as an overnight stop en route to Dushanbe.
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