Goychay (city)

Coordinates: 40°39′11″N 47°44′26″E / 40.65306°N 47.74056°E / 40.65306; 47.74056

Goychay (Azerbaijani: Göyçay) is a city, municipality and the capital of the Goychay District of Azerbaijan. The municipality includes the city of Goychay and the nearby village of Qızılqaya.[2]

Goychay

Göyçay
City & Municipality
Göyçay Mosque, built in 1903
Göyçay Mosque, built in 1903
Goychay is located in Azerbaijan
Goychay
Goychay
Coordinates: 40°39′11″N 47°44′26″E / 40.65306°N 47.74056°E / 40.65306; 47.74056
Country Azerbaijan
DistrictGoychay
Founded1916
Elevation
115 m (377 ft)
Population
 (2010)[1]
 • Total37,280
Time zoneUTC+4 (AZT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+5 (AZT)
Area code(s)+994 167
WebsiteOfficial website

As of December 2004 the urban population of Goychay was 35,344.[3]

HistoryEdit

The settlement dates back to the late 1850s following the devastating 1859 earthquake in Shemakha, though the town was only officially incorporated as such in 1916.[4]

On 2nd June 2018 the main bridge carrying the M4 highway across the Goychay River near the city's Olympic Centre was washed away, leading to criminal accusations against several business leaders associated with its construction.[5]

Notable nativesEdit

  • Enver Mammadkhanli — writer, Honored Art Worker of Azerbaijan SSR.[6]
  • Mirza Khazar — prominent radio journalist, essayist, translator of the Bible in Azeri language.
  • Rasul Rza — writer, People's Poet of Azerbaijan (1960).[7]
  • Rauf Atakishiyev – singer, pianist, People's Artist of Azerbaijan (1967).
  • Sadykh bey Aghabekov — general in the Russian Imperial Army, founder and reformer of Azerbaijani Police, Major General, Orientalist.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Tovuz is twinned with various cities.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ World Gazetteer: Azerbaijan Archived 2011-06-22 at the Wayback Machine – World-Gazetteer.com
  2. ^ "Belediyye Informasiya Sistemi" (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on September 24, 2008.
  3. ^ Goychay Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Goychay Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Report including video footage of the 2018 bridge collapse
  6. ^ "Мамедханлы Энвер Гафар оглы". Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
  7. ^ "Расул Рза". Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
  8. ^ "Azerbaijan`s Goychay, Italy` Valmontone become sister cities". sia.az. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.

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