(Persia Digest) - In Old Persian, this salt lake is called "Chichast" meaning glowing white; it has a rocky island situated in its midst which, according to historians, is the tomb of the Moghul kings.

In the Middle Ages, people in the northwest of the land of Pars called this lake Kabouda or Kaboudan, which is derived from the Armenian word Kapoutan.

Currently, the lake has been renamed as "Lake Urmia", which is a namesake for the nearby city of Urmia, the capital of West Azerbaijan Province; it is also called "Urmu gölü" in the Turkish language.

These days, in the hot summer season, this beautiful ancient salt lake welcomes many travelers and tourists from inside and outside of Iran.

Photos: Keyvan Ja'afari

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