Thursday, March 15, 2012

Goychay; a City in Azerbaijan

Goychay (also, Göyçay, Gekchai, Geokchai, Geokchay, Geoktschai, Geokčaj, Geychay, and Göychay) (Urdu: گوئی چائی) is a city and municipality in and the capital of the Goychay Rayon of Azerbaijan. The municipality includes the city of Goychay and the nearby village of Qızılqaya. 

As of December 2004 the urban population was 35,344

Concerted settlement dates back to the late 1850s following the devastating 1859 earthquake in Shemakha, though the town was only officially incorporated as such in 1916.
Notable natives:
  • Enver Mammadkha
  • nli — writer, Honored Art Worker of Azerbaijan SSR.
  • Mirza Khazar — prominent radio journalist, essayist, translator of the Bible in Azeri language.
  • Rasul Rza — writer, People's Poet of Azerbaijan (1960).
  • Sadykh bey Aghabekov — general in the Russian Imperial Army, founder and reformer of Azerbaijani Police, Major General, Orientalist.

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