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Istakhr (ĭstäˈkər) [key], old town, S Iran. Built largely from the ruins of ancient Persepolis, 3 mi (4.8 km) away, it was a capital of the Sassanid dynasty. Istakhr stubbornly resisted (640–49) the Arabs but soon afterward lost its importance to Shiraz. The name also appears as Stakhr.

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