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The Vulcan city of ShiKahr in 2237

The Vulcan city of ShiKahr in 2237 at night

A street outside of Sarek's house

ShiKahr was a major city in the ShiKahr District on the planet Vulcan. This city was built in a desert, on the edge of Vulcan's Forge. The L-langon Mountains were ten days travel, on foot, from this city. (TAS: "Yesteryear")

ShiKahr was the location of the Shirkar Academy, where Tolaris taught prior to his becoming a V'tosh ka'tur. (ENT: "Fusion")

The United Earth Embassy on Vulcan was located in ShiKahr. (ENT: "The Forge")

Future Starfleet officer and Federation Ambassador, Spock, was born in ShiKahr in January 2230. Sarek and Skon, Spock's father and grandfather, were also both residents of ShiKahr. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights"; TAS: "Yesteryear"; TOS: "Amok Time", "Journey to Babel"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; Star Trek Beyond)

During her youth, Sarek's ward Michael Burnham ran away from home, making it to the outskirts of ShiKahr. (DIS: "Point of Light")

In "If Memory Serves", Burnham is instead depicted as being found "deep into the forests of Vulcan's Forge".

In 2365, a holoprogram available to crewmembers of the USS Enterprise-D was "Shi-Kar Desert Survival, Vulcan". The program, with a code list number of 03-225, was listed in the exercise menu. (TNG: "The Emissary" okudagram)

The USS ShirKahr was named after the city. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")


Background information

United Earth Embassy
Shi Khar, Vulcan

ShiKahr, as it was spelled in the script for "Yesteryear" as well as in the script for "Two Days and Two Nights" and in that actual episode, has also been spelled "Shi'Kahr", "ShirKahr", "Shirkar", "Shi-Kar", and "Shi Khar".

ShiKahr was also added in the background in the remastered version of TOS: "Amok Time".

While signage mentioning ShiKahr was only legible in HD, the script and production reports (at also established the United Earth Embassy was in ShiKahr. According to senior illustrator John Eaves, both the embassy and the Vulcan High Command building were supposed to be in the same city as each other. [1] Indeed, although the script of ENT: "Awakening" cited the location of the Vulcan High Command building merely as an unnamed "large Vulcan metropolis," the script of ENT: "Kir'Shara" identified that place – described on-screen as the capital city of Vulcan – as Shi'Kahr.

A deleted scene from Star Trek would have shown the birth of Spock in Shi'Kahr. Assuming that home was the same as their home in another scripted scene later, that scene would imply ShirKahr to be relatively close to Vulcana Regar, a distance that could be crossed quickly by hoverspeeder.

According to, ShiKahr was an ancient city, founded in "pre-Surak times." This city was "surrounded by irrigated and cultivated land, which acted as a buffer from the arid conditions that prevail across much of Vulcan." [2]

From the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 272), "In the animated episode "Yesteryear", ShirKahr was seen to be Spock's home town. We saw ShirKahr in a new visual effects shot in the remastered version of "Amok Time" (TOS), in which its appearance was based on the animated episode. The location of the Vulcan High Command is from a scene description in the script for "The Forge". In "Kir'Shara", T'Pol described the city as the "capital". We interpret it as meaning that it is the capital of the planetary government, since the Vulcan High Command was located there at the time. Shakier has also been spelled ShirKahr and Shi'Kahr. We assume that all are equally valid."

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