Nakhchivan / Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic / Republic of Azerbaijan
Asian Region’s Capital of Islamic Culture 2018
The history of Nakhchivan city dates back to 5.000 years ago, making it as one of the oldest cultural centers in the Middle East. It is the capital of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic which covers 5.500 square kilometers, has a population of about 450.000 people, and is bordered by the Republic of Turkey, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Armenia.
The legal status of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic goes back to 1921 when they adopted and signed two important international agreements (The Moscow Treaty -Article 3- and the Kars Agreement -Article 5-) laying down the bases of autonomy and the official borders of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic as an integral part of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The region of Nakhchivan, composed of the Nakhchivan city and 7 administrative regions with 5 towns, 8 settlements and 206 villages, is an autonomous state within the Republic of Azerbaijan under its current Constitution (1995).