"Kulab" redirects here. For the villages in Iran, see Kulab, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad and Kulab, Razavi Khorasan.

Kulob Welcoming Gate
Location in Tajikistan

Coordinates: 37°54′33″N 69°46′55″E / 37.90917°N 69.78194°E / 37.90917; 69.78194

Country  Tajikistan
Province Khatlon
District Kulob district
Population (2003)
 • Total 82,000

Kulob (Tajik: Кӯлоб / Persian: کولاب‎, meaning swampy place, rushes), also Kulab or Kulyab (Russian: Куляб), is a city in Kulob district, Khatlon Province, Tajikistan. Located 203 km south-east of the capital Dushanbe on the Yakhsu River (a right tributary of Panj), it is one of the largest cities in the country (pop. 150,000 in 2010).

Kulob is the birthplace of Tajik president Emomalii Rahmon, the Canadian media entrepreneur Moses Znaimer, boxer Mavzuna Chorieva, and popular Tajik singers Manija Davlatova and Shabnam Soraya.


Part of the Khanate of Bukhara since the 16th century (the Emirate of Bukhara since the 18th century), the city changed its name from Khatlon to Kulob in 1750.[1] In 1921 Soviet rule was established.[2]

In September 2006 Kulob celebrated its 2700th anniversary.[3][4]

Sister cities

Coordinates: 37°54′33″N 69°46′55″E / 37.90917°N 69.78194°E / 37.90917; 69.78194 The main tie between Hamedan and Kulob is because of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani, a famous sufi scholar and poet, who was born in Hamedan and is buried in Kulob.[5]



  • Habib Borjian, "Kulab," in Encyclopædia Iranica (available at http://www.iranica.com).
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