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Behshahr is a city in and the capital of Behshahr County
Behshahr County
Behshahr County is a county in Mazandaran Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Behshahr. The most important towns of the county are Behshahr and Rostamkola. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 154,957, in 40,432 families. The county is subdivided into two districts: the...

, Mazandaran Province
Mazandaran Province
Mazandaran Province is a Caspian province in the north of Iran. Located on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, it is bordered clockwise by the Golestan, Semnan, Tehran, Alborz, Qazvin, and Gilan provinces....

, Iran
Iran
Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...

. At the 2006 census, its population was 83,537, in 22,034 families.
It is approximately forty kilometers from Sari
Sari, Iran
Sari is the provincial capital of Mazandaran and former capital of Iran , located in the north of Iran, between the northern slopes of the Alborz Mountains and southern coast of the Caspian Sea...

. The name Behshahr literally means The Best city. It includes many historical sites such as Abbas Abad
Abbas Abad
Abbās Ābād is a large north-central neighborhood of Tehran, Iran, designated within the Seventh Municipal District of the capital.-History:...

 – the home of the Abbas the Great, Cheshmeh Emarat, Baghe Shah and the Chit Sazi Factory.


The city of Behshahr is an industrial city which produces "Tokhme", vegetable oil, and a dish-soap known as "Rika". Rika is the local term for son. Behshahr is home to Behshahr Industrial Company which is the biggest producer of vegetable oil in Iran since 1951.


Behshahr is home to many famous Iranian figures ranging from actors to political figures. One of the more famous political figures from Behshahr is Ahmad Tavakkoli
Ahmad Tavakkoli
Ahmad Tavakkoli is a conservative representative of Tehran in the Iranian parliament, and the Director of Majlis Research Center.Before, he had been the Iranian Minister of Labour under Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a parliament representative from Behshahr, and a presidential candidate in two of the...

 who once was a presidential candidate.


Every year, famous members of the Iranian entertainment industry gather in Behshahr in a ceremony rewarding entertainers. More recently, such members included Parviz Parastui (Parastooei) who is most known for his roles in "Marmoulak
Marmoulak (film)
The Lizard is a 2004 Iranian comedy directed by Kamal Tabrizi.Although a comedy, the film makes serious points about the clergy, religion, society in Iran, and life in general. Due to the film's perceived attacks towards clerics, the movie was banned from theatres in Iran after only being on...

" [The Lizard] and "Bid e Majnoon".
Recently, after scavenging near the suburbs of Behshahr, an ancient town was discovered which included nearly a thousand corpses
Necropolis
A necropolis is a large cemetery or burial ground, usually including structural tombs. The word comes from the Greek νεκρόπολις - nekropolis, literally meaning "city of the dead"...

of children to middle-aged men. The corpses had heights above the modern typical heights. In the area, gold and jars were found.

A major tourism resort is Abbas Abbad which is famous for its greenery and beauty and also its historic significance. There is a road which leads up to a mountain through the jungle. In the touristic Abbas Abbad, the jungle surrounds a lake with a semi-destroyed castle in the middle. The castle once belonged to the King Abbas.