Marneuli

Marneuli
მარნეული
Marneuli municipality self-government building
photo by Zviad Avaliani

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Marneuli
Marneuli
Coordinates: 41°29′49″N 44°48′39″E / 41.49694°N 44.81083°E / 41.49694; 44.81083Coordinates: 41°29′49″N 44°48′39″E / 41.49694°N 44.81083°E / 41.49694; 44.81083
Country  Georgia (country)
Mkhare Kvemo Kartli
Municipality Marneuli
Elevation 420 m (1,380 ft)
Population (2014[1])
  Total 20,211
Climate Cfa

Marneuli (Georgian: მარნეული [mɑrnɛuli]) is a small city in the Kvemo Kartli region of southern Georgia and administrative center of Marneuli Municipality that borders neighboring Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Population

According to the 2014 Georgian census the population of the town was 20,211.[1] The town is predominantly populated by Georgian Azerbaijanis (83,1%).

History

Before 1947 the town was known as Borchali. Between 1947 and 1952 the town was known as Sarvan, a name still used in some contexts.[2] Marneuli settlement gained the official status of a 'town' (gorod) in 1964.

Today Marneuli is the site of a Georgian military air base. That base was bombed on August 8, 2008 during the Russo-Georgian War, reportedly leaving 4 dead (all ethnic Georgians)[3] and 5 wounded.[4]

Culture

There is one university branch (Tbilisi State University) and one university opened in 2008 (Heydar Aliyev Georgia-Azerbaijan Humanitarian University) in Marneuli.[5]

See also

References

  1. 1 2 "Population Census 2014". www.geostat.ge. National Statistics Office of Georgia. November 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  3. Sadulayev, Musa (August 8, 2008). "Georgia says Russian aircraft bombed its air bases". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  4. Heydar Aliyev University opens in Marneuli, Nov 2008 Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine.


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