The small town of Amol, set slightly inland west of Sari, the IX century capital of the province of Tabarestan, a province which corresponded more or less to present-day Mazanderan.
Amol declined after the Mongol conquests and has little to show today of its past. Its main monument is the mashhad-e Mir-e Bozorg, the founder of the Marasahi Seyyed Dynasty built at the order of Shah Abbas I (1587-1629) and which has been restored as offices for the miras farhangi (Cultural Heritage organisation). This sanctuary is covered by a red brick dome, once decorated with blue tiles. Nearby is the small tomb tower of the XIV century Shia theosopher Seyyed Heidar Amoli.
Amol is an old city, with a history dating back to the Amards. Amards were the people inhabiting the area before the arrival of Aryans, who had migrated to and settled on the Iranian Plateau from the late 2nd millennium BCE to early 1st millennium BCE. Many scholars believe that the city's name is rooted in the word Amard (Amui in Pahlavi).
According to historical literature, Amol was the capital of Mazandaran, at least in the period starting from the 3rd century CE under Sassanian Empire to the 13/14th century CE under the Ilkhanate dynasty of Mongol Empire.
Some historians in the past have associated this ancient city with the periods of the first Persian mythological dynasties of Aryan people, the Pishdadians and the Kianians.
The inhabitants of Amol embraced Islam during the reign of Mahdi (775–785 CE), the Abbasi Caliph, after which Islamic structures came into focus here.
After the Mongol invasion, the region was subject to devastation and it was during this time that Sary was declared as capital. In the beginning of the 7th century AH (14th century CE), Hessam-edin Ardeshir, shifted the capital from Sary to Amol, and constructed his palace there. But in 795 AH (1392/1393 AD), the cities of Amol and Sary were plundered by Amir Teimoor Gurkani, and thereafter Amol suffered a setback.
The great Islamic scholar and religious personality (translator of The Holy Qoran), Mohammad Ebne Jarir Tabari is from Amol. The modern city of Amol stands to the north of the site of the ancient city.
Today, Amol is a thriving modern metropolis.