Sari, the capital city of Mazandaran
The capital of Mazandaran is its biggest and most populated urban area. Located between the slopes of Alborz Mountains and the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, the city has a historical record which nearly dates back to 7th millennium BC. Some of the kings of Safavid dynasty particularly favored Sari, and Shah Abbas I (1571-1629), in particular, had opted Farahabad (just outside Sari) to be his alternate capital.
Top tourist spots to visit in Sari
1) Farah Abad Historical Complex
The main buildings of this historic complex were built during the reign of Shah Abbas Safavi, one of the most powerful rulers of the Safavid dynasty. As a matter of fact, the buildings are what have remained of the historic city of Farah Abad, located on the road that bridges Sari to Farah Abad. While many of the buildings which used to belong to this very complex were utterly destroyed during recurrent attacks of Russia on Iran, the remnants of this majestic complex are still there for visitors to enjoy: Jameh Mosque, a school, a part of Shah Abbasi Bridge, a wall of a palace, and a bath. It is noteworthy that Farah Abad complex was able to make its way into the list of Iran’s national monuments nearly four decades ago.