Sari is the provincial capital of Mazandaran and former capital of Iran (for a short period), located in the north of Iran, between the northern slopes of the Alborz Mountains and southern coast of the Caspian Sea. Sari is the largest and most populur city of Mazandaran.
Sari is in the beautiful Caspian region of Iran with about half million people residing in the town and same amount in the suburbs. Sari boasts as ancient city, as all of the historical maps referring to this city, being the capital of Ancient Hyrcania Civilization 6 centuries before Christ and Kingdom of Tabaria till 17 century, also twice capital of Iran within the last four centuries.
Sari has also been noted throughout history for its nature and many orange groves.
- The unique Badab Sourt Natural Spring, which is the second registered natural attraction of Iran, is located in the Chahardangeh district of Sari.
- The Clock Tower, in the Clock Square is one of the notable landmarks of the city which is located in downtown Sari, attracts visitors and has become a famous landmark.
Sari as well as some towns in Mazandaran is one of rare cities of Iran that night life is available during summers. Many people enjoy gathering each other in some places to play games, enjoy music and pleasant weather, or eating meals. Or to read some poetry book such as Diwan-i Hafiz. You also find many of restaurants in city center.
Sari has a humid subtropical climate, with a Mediterranean climate influence. Winters are cool and rainy whilst summers are hot and humid. Sari's 2005–2006 statistical weather information, in comparison with that of other Mazandaran cities, shows that Sari has an average climate, but it is somewhat sunnier and has more spring rain. However, recent rainfall in Sari has declined.
People and culture
Local residents are known as Saravis or Sariyan. The population is a mixture of native Mazandaranis, Persians, Azerbaijanis, Caucasians, Kurds, and Turcomans. Whereas neighborhoods were identified during the Qajar dynasty by the ethnicity of their inhabitants, this is no longer so. Sari, as well as other regions in northern Iran, is well known for its hospitality. Sari used to be the home of Georgians, Armenians, and Zoroastrians, but today they are only form small minorities. Local languages are spoken in some neighborhoods, but almost everyone understands and uses mainstream Persian as a lingua franca.
Zoroastrians from Sari who migrated to India in the 10th century founded there a city which they named "Navu Sari" (English: "New Sari"), a name which was by now shortened to Navsari; the town is still a center of the Zoroastrian Parsi community of India.