|• Mayor||Farhad Asgari (Acting)|
|Elevation||-2 up to 50 m (-6 to 150 ft)|
|Time zone||IRST (UTC+3:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||IRDT (UTC+4:30)|
|Vehicle Plate||IRAN 72|
Babol (Persian: بابل, pronunciation (help·info), also Romanized as Bābol; formerly known as Bārforush) is the capital of Babol County, Mazandaran Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 198,636, in 55,943 families.
Babol is located in the Caspian littoral and north-east of Tehran and one of the most important cities in the north of Iran. It is the region's chief centre. Babol is a new name for the site of the ancient city of Mamatir, that then was named as Barforush. The city receives abundant rainfall. It is famous for its orange farms, for which it is dubbed "the city of orange blossoms."
Founded in the 16th century, it was built on the site of the ancient city of Mamtir (deriving from "Mah Mithra" "great Mithra). Babol was formerly called Barforushdeh (meaning Market town) and Barforush afterwards.
Geography and climate
The city is located approximately 20 kilometers south of Caspian Sea on the west bank of Babol Rud River and receives abundant annual rainfall. Babol borders Babolsar to the north, Qaem Shahr and Savad Kooh to the east, and Amol to the west. Babol University is famous for its spectacular scenery.
|Climate data for Babol|
|Average high °C (°F)||12.9
|Daily mean °C (°F)||8.6
|Average low °C (°F)||4.4
|Precipitation mm (inches)||86
|Source: Climate-Data.org, altitude: 0m|
The ruins of Shah Abbas I's palace are located in the city. Mohammad Hassan Khan's Bridge is also one of the most ancient buildings 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. Now it is known as the old road of Babol to Amol. Another nice scenery is Babol Noshirvani Park, which is the 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. for instance, Shiadeh, the unique and intact forest, is located in south-east Babol. Shiadeh is the name of a rural area near the jungle. here are some views of Noshirvani Park and Shiadeh Jungle.
Commerce and trading are the backbone of the city's economy since it is the largest commercial center for Mazandaran province, partially due to its location at the center of the province and also the large population of villages around the city making Babol county the most populated county in the province. Babol produces food and textiles — as well as other processed goods . Including oranges, lemons, and tangerines. There are many rice farms around the city, and, until about 20 years ago, tea, tobacco, and cotton were processed.
Almost 100% of the city transportation is carrying by car, buses and other road vehicles hence Babol is highly dependent on regional highway network which connects the city to Babolsar at 10 km north, Amol at 30 km west and Qaemshahr at 20 km east. These are all new wide highways.
Airport and train
By only 50 km distance, Babol has access to airport as well as Train Station.
The ports of Freydoonkenar and Babolsar are both located on the southern coast of the Mazandaran Sea with connection to other Caspian ports.
Colleges and universities
As the largest commercial center the city of Babol also hosts large number of universities province. Universities include:
- Babol Noshirvani University of Technology
- Babol University of Medical Sciences
- Mazandaran Science and Technology
- babol Payam noor University
- Islamic Azad University
- Sama College
Babol is home to Iranian Basketball Super League side BEEM Mazandaran BC who plays in the city's Shahid Sojoodi Arena. BEEM has also a popular volleyball team in the Iranian super league in 2008-2009.
- Ayatollah Ali Asghar Mazandarani, Religious scholar.
Mohammad Sadegh Shafizadeh, renowned Iranian philanthropist.
- Hossein Fallah Noshirvani, renowned Iranian philanthropist.
- Maziar, musician.
- Delkash, famous musician.
- Hormoz Shojai Mehr, TV executive.
- Afshin, musician.
- Bijan Mortazavi, musician.
- Zein-ol-Abedin Rahnama, book writer.
- Shahrokh Maskoob, book writer and Shahname investigator.
- Dr Ali Tabaripour, Pharmacist, philosopher and a philanthropist
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Barfurush.|
- Babol Noshirvani University of Technology
- Babol on Facebook
- Babol on Twitter
- some views of Noshirvani Park
- Babol can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3054341" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
- "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)" (Excel). Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
- "Climate: Babol - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 9 September 2013.