Climate : Temperate
Meshgin Shahr (Persian: مشگین شهر, also Romanized as Meshgīn Shahr; also known as Meshkīn Shahr or simply Mishgin; formerly Khiav (Persian: خیاو), also Romanized as Kheyāv, Khīāv, Khiov, Khīyāv, and Khiyov) is a city in and the capital of Meshgin Shahr County, in Ardabil Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 63,655, in 14,940 families. The county is divided into four districts: Arshaq District, the Central District, Meshgin-e Sharqi District, ...see more and Moradlu District. The county has three cities: Meshgin Shahr, Razi, and Lahrud.
The city is 839 kilometres (521 mi) from Tehran. Being near the high Savalan Mountains it enjoys a moderate mountainous climate. Formerly, it was known as "Khiav". The Savalan summit can be seen in the south of the city with an eye catching scenery. The antiquity of the city dates back to the early centuries of Islam but in the Safavid age it was thriving even more. The city is well known for its Azerbaijani rugs and its mineral springs. Also Iran's first geothermal power station, Meshkinshahr Geothermal Power Plant is situated in outskirts of this city.