Tar Valon is located on an island in the middle of the river Erinin. The island was created during the Breaking of the World by the suicide of Lews Therin Telamon
, who drew too much of the One Power and obliterated himself, re-shaping much of the landscape at the same time. Dragonmount, the volcano which overlooks Tar Valon, was created at the same time. The city was largely constructed by Ogier, and is considered to be the most beautiful city in the world. It is surrounded by the Shining Walls, and dominated by the White Tower, which resides in the centre of the island. It is also one of the largest cities in the Westlands, and the most populous, with a population of about 500,000 people. Most of the city is located on the island, but a small amount of land on either side of the Erinin is also controlled by the city. Six bridges can be used to reach the island, and each bridge terminates in a small city. The main city is the seat of Aes Sedai
power, and controlled by the Amyrlin Seat, though much of the day-to-day running of the city is carried out by an Aes Sedai council and civil servants. It is an important trading hub, and is passed through by many thousands of travellers due to its location at the intersection of many major roads.