is a town type settlement located on a bosom of the
Big Caucasus mountains, on a coast of the river Girdmanchaj.
Territory of the Ismaillih area, within the limits
of which Lahige is placed, since the IV-th century
B.C. has become a part of the ancient Azerbaijan state
Albania. In I-V centuries AD the capital of this state
was the city of Gabalah being a frontier to this territory.
In the early Middle Ages the given territory was naturally
or forcibly and actively populated by various tribes.
Among moved there were many Irani-language tribes,
the part of which has populated in the territory of
Lahige has an ancient 1500 years history. Historians
date establishment of Lahige to the III-rd-VII-th
centuries AD. In historical sources of the different
periods it is mentioned as "Al - └bhaz", "Lanjhan",
"Al- └yjhan"; "Layijhan". Some people colligate "Lahige"
with the name of a tribe, others with preservation
of the population, which moved from provinces Lahigan
(Iran) and called their new place by name of their
former native territory.
According to retained legend, Sasanid governor Keykhosrov
I founded Lahige. During his reign Iran waged wars
on Turan. At the time of an armistice, not having
a son Kejhosrov handed over the regal throne to his
brother and together with close comrades left Iran
and moved in Lahige, which climate, nature and beauty
the shah liked very much. He spent the lees of life
here and named the settlement Lahige in honour of
Iranian province Lahigan. In the ancient cemetery
of Lahige the tombstone with inscription "Keykhosrov"
was really preserved. All these data testify about
ancient history of Lahige.