Meshkinshahr is a city in and the capital of Meshkinshahr county, in Ardebil province, Iran. The city is 839 Km from Tehran. Being near the high Savalan Mountains it enjoys a moderate mountainous climate. Formely 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.