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Babol (Mazanderani: باوول, Persian: بابل) is a city in the Caspian region of Iran, north-east of Tehran and about 30 km from Sari. It is the chief commercial centre of Mazandaran Province and was once the major trading center of northern Iran. The population was estimated to be about 220,000 in 2011.



Founded in the 16th century, it was built on the site of the ancient city of Mamatir. Babol used to be called Barforushdeh and Barforush afterwards.

Get in[edit]

By plane:

Fights from all over the world to Tehran, then from Tehran airport to Sari airport (50 min flight and then 50 km by car to Babol).

By train:

From Tehran's main train station to Quaemshahr train station (5 hours) then half an hour from Quaemshahr to Babol by car.

By road:

You can travel from Tehran to Babol in 4-5 hours directly by car or bus.

Get around[edit]


  • Palace of Abbas I's ruins.
  • 1 Mohammad Hassan Khan Bridge. One of the most ancient structures of Mazandaran. It was built by the king Mohammad Hassan Khan Qajar, the ancestor of Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar as the main road from Babol to Amol. Mohammad Hassan Khan Bridge (Q5958458) on Wikidata Mohammad Hassan Khan bridge on Wikipedia
  • 2 Babol museum (موزه گنجینه بابل). Babol Museum (Q5951603) on Wikidata
  • Babol Noshirvani Park. Biggest park including playground located in the north part of Iran, located almost in the vicinity of Caspian Sea. Babol is home to important and intact forests and jungles.






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