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Urmia or Orumiyeh is the largest city in West Azerbaijan Province of Iran and the capital of Urmia County
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It is situated at an altitude of 1,330 metres (4,360 ft) above sea level, and is located along the Shahar River on the Urmia Plain.
Lake Urmia, one of the world’s largest salt lakes, lies to the east of the city, and the mountainous Turkish border areAa lies to the west
Urmia is the 10th-most populous city in Iran. At the 2012 census, its population was 667,499, with 197,749 households.
The majority of the city’s residents are Azerbaijanis, with a smalle minority of Kurds, as well as AZ Turkish-speakers who moved to the city mostly for employment
The city is the trading center for a fertile agricultural region where fruits (especially apples and grapes) and tobacco are grown. Even though the majority of the residents of Urmia are Muslims, the Christian history of Urmia is well preserved and is especially evident in the city’s many churches and cathedrals.
An important town by the 9th century, the city has had a diverse population which has at times included Muslims (Shias and Sunnis), Christians (Catholics, Protestants, Nestorians, and Orthodox), Jews, Baháʼís and Sufis.
Around 1900, Christians made up more than 40% of the city’s population; however, in the next decades, most of the Christians were either killed as a part of the advancing Ottoman troops and raids by Kurdish tribes or fled shortly after the end of the war