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Tabas is located in Iran
Country  Iran
Province South Khorasan
County Tabas
Bakhsh Central
Elevation 667 m (2,188 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 63,047
  2006 Census
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDST (UTC+4:30)

Tabas (Persian: طبس‎‎, also Romanized as Ţabas; formerly, Golshan or Gulshan)[1] is a city in and capital of Tabas County, South Khorasan Province, Iran.[2] At the 2006 census, its population was 63,047, in 7,962 families.[3]

Tabas is located in central Iran, 950 kilometers southeast of Tehran, in South Khorasan Province. At first, it was part of the greater Khorasan province, but in 2001 it was annexed to Yazd Province.[4] However, in 2013 it was returned to Khorasan and it became part of South Khorasan province.[2] The name Khorasan means the land of the rising sun. There are two other places in Khorasan called Tabas, but the name Tabas usually refers to the city under discussion.

It is a desert city with lots of date and citrus trees. It has a 300-year-old public garden, (Baghe-golshan. There is also a shrine in Tabas that is visited every year by thousands of pilgrims. Tabas has two universities, with 2500 to 3500 students. The city has hot summers and people rarely see a winter snowfall.

The people of Tabas speak a Khorasani dialect of Persian that sounds somewhat different from the standard Iranian version ("Tehran Persian").


  • History 1
  • Operation Eagle Claw 2
  • Transport 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5


The history of Tabas dates back to pre-Islamic times. It was an important outpost of the Sassanid empire and during the Arab invasion it was considered the gateway to Khorasan. It was spared when the Mongols attacked Iran. It had a local government incorporating not only Tabas, but also Ferdows and Gonabad.

Tabas was stricken by a destructive earthquake on September 16, 1978 that left around 22,000 dead. The earthquake was measured between 7.5 and 7.9 on the Richter scale. Since then, the city has been rebuilt with many new streets, parks and public buildings.

Operation Eagle Claw

The failed rescue American operation Operation Eagle Claw on 24–25 April 1980 to free American hostages in Tehran, occurred near Tabas. In Iran the operation is called amaliat tabas (Tabas operation) and the significance and aftermath of the failed operation, made the city Tabas almost known in every corner of Iran.[5]


Multiple bus lines, a railroad station and an airport connect tabas to Mashhad, Yazd ,Tehran, Kerman and Birjand, the capital city of South Khorasan province.



  1. ^ Tabas can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3086556" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  2. ^ a b طبس به خراسان‌جنوبی ملحق شد. (in Persian). ISNA. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)".  
  4. ^ معرفی شهرستان طبس، پیشینه تاریخی (in Persian). Yazd Province Governorship. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  5. ^ عملیات طبس
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