Mazar-i-Sharif (Dari/Pashto: مزار شریف; Mazâre Šarif; [ˌmæˈzɒːr ˌi ʃæˈriːf]) is the fourth-largest city of Afghanistan, with a 2015 UN—Habitat population estimate between 577,500 and 693,000. It is the capital of Balkh province and is linked by highways with Kunduz in the east, Kabul in the southeast, Herat in the west and Uzbekistan in the north. Mazar-i-Sharif, along with Herat, Jalalabad in the east and Kandahar in the south, makes Afghanistan an important strategic location in Asia. The city also serves as one of the many tourist attractions because of its famous shrines as well as the Muslim and Hellenistic archeological sites. In 2006, the discovery of new Hellenistic remains was announced.