Aylesford

Aylesford, a village near the centre of Kent, on the right bank of the Medway, 3 1/2 miles NW. of Maidstone. Remarkable ancient remains are found here, including the cromlech called Kits Coity House (q.v.). Pop. of parish, 2647.

Ayton

Ayton, a Berwickshire village, 7 1/4 miles NW. of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Pop. 603.

Ayuthia, the former capital of Siam, on the Menam, 50 miles N. of Bangkok. Founded in 1357, it was sacked and half destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. Among its magnificent but ruinous buildings are Buddhist temples, especially the 'Golden Mount,' 400 feet high.

Azamgarh

Azamgarh ('Azam's Fort'), a town in the United Provinces of India, on the river Tons, 81 miles N. of Benares. It was founded in 1665 by Azam Khan. Pop. 19,000.

Azerbijan

Azerbijan', or Aderbaijan, the ancient Media Atropatene, the north-western province of Persia, has an area of about 40,100 sq. m., and a pop. of 2,000,000. The surface is very mountainous, Savalan (an extinct volcano), near Ardebil, reaching over 13,000 feet; whilst Mount Ararat rises on the north-west border. The chief rivers are the Aras or Araxes, the Kara Su, and the Kizil-Uzen. The salt lake Urmia (q.v.), the largest in Persia, is near the western border. Towns are Tabriz (the capital) and Urmia.

Azincourt

Azincourt. See Agincourt.

Azotus

Azo'tus. See Ashdod.

Azpeitia

Azpeitia (Ath-pay'e-te-a), a town in the Spanish prov. Guipuzcoa, on the Urola, 18 miles SW. of San Sebastian. A mile from it is the famous convent of Loyola (16S3), now converted into a museum. It comprises a tower of the Santa Casa, in which St Ignatius of Loyola, the great founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491. Pop. 6548.

Baba

Baba, Cape (Gr. Ledum), a bold rocky headland near the western point of Anatolia, 12 miles from the northern extremity of Mitylene. The town of Baba here has a pop. of 4000.

Babatag

Babatag, or Babadagh, a town of 7000 inhabitants, in the Roumanian Dobrudja, 2 1/2 miles W. of Lake Razim.

Bab-el-Mandeb

Bab-el-Mandeb (i.e. 'the gate of tears'), the strait between Arabia and the continent of Africa, by which the Red Sea is connected with the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The Arabian peninsula here throws out a cape, bearing the same name as the strait, and 865 feet high, 20 miles distant from which the wall-like coast of Africa rises in Ras es Sean to over 400 feet. Within the straits, but nearer to Arabia, lies the bare rocky island of Perim (q.v.), since 1857 occupied by the British as a fort.

Bablock Hythe

Bablock Hythe, a ferry over the Isis or Thames, 4 miles WSW. of Oxford.

Bacchiglione

Bacchiglione (Balc-keel-yo'nay), a river of N. Italy, rising in the Alps, and flowing 90 miles south-eastward, to the Adriatic near Chioggia.

Bacharach

Bacharach (Bahh'a-rahh), a town of Rhenish Prussia, on the Rhine, 30 miles SE. of Coblenz. Pop. 1840. Its name is said to be a corruption of Bacchi ara ('Bacchus' altar'), and the vine is still largely cultivated. Here Blucher crossed the Rhine, January 1, 1814.