Margilan (Uzbek: Margilon) or Margelan is a city (1999 population 143,600) in Fergana Province in eastern Uzbekistan. It is located at latitude 40°28′ 16 N, longitude 71°43′ 29 E at an altitude of 487 meters.
Margilan, one of the ancient cities in the world, by the decision of UNESCO will celebrate its 2000th anniversary in 2009.
According to European legend, Margilan was founded by Alexander the Great. On a lunch stop, he was given chicken (murgh in Persian) and bread (nan in Persian), from which the town took its name.
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