Mashhad is Iran’s second largest city , and It is most famous for accommodating the tomb of Imam Reza , the 8th Shia Imam .
Imam Reza Shrine
Mashhad is called the holy city of Iran because it is home to the tomb and shrine of Islam’s eighth Shia Imam, Imam Reza .
Every year millions of pilgrims from around the world flock to this shrine .
Intricate blue tile work and Arabic calligraphy are virtually omnipresent across the numerous iwans and minarets , and an impressive golden dome stands centrally above the shrine itself .
Passengers who travel to this city commonly hear the phrase eltemâs duâ, or “keep me in your prayers, those who have been to Mashhad are known as mashti .
The shrine itself is massive and absolutely gorgeous, with intricate tile and mirror work, Arabic calligraphy, and numerous courtyards.
The zarih, or tomb encasement, is located inside , which was replaced in 2001 .
Non-Muslim visitors may be able to enter the courtyard areas, but as a general rule are not permitted inside the shrine.
The numerous museums contained within the shrine complex house a curious mixture of exhibits, ranging from stamp collections commemorating the storming of the US embassy, to medals won by Shia athletes .
Kuh-E Sangi Park
Kuh-e Sangi is Mashhad’s best park, and a great spot for afternoon or early evening picnicking.
A small stream runs through its centre, which you can cross by climbing the rock formations or hopping across stepping-stones .
Saffron is known as the most expensive spice in the world.
Mashhadi carpets are very famous and Pilgrimage memorabilia lines the streets too, having your portrait superimposed in front of the Imam’s shrine is a especially quirky crowd favourite.
Tomb of Ferdowsi, Tus
Poet Ferdowsi, who was actually from Tus , Tomb of him is About 40 kilometres outside of Mashhad.
Ferdowsi is author of the epic poem, the Shahnameh (the Persian Book of Kings).
Ferdowsi is regarded as the savior of the Persian language .
Tomb Of Omar Khayyam, Neishapur
The quatrains of the 12th-century astronomer-poet Omar Khayyam are perhaps Khorasan’s most famous export around the globe.
Neishapur also houses the tomb of Attar, a Persian Sufi poet, for those wanting to tick off every box on the poetry tour.
The quaint village of Kang, about an hour’s drive from Mashhad, is one particularly charming example.
This village is Filled with mud-brick houses, stacked along the foothills of the mountains .
Shishlik is popular in many countries, but there’s only one place to get the true Iranian shishlik experience, and that’s Mashhad .
Shândiz area has chunks of lamb with the bone .
Bazeh Fire Temple
In the small village of Robat Sefid, around 70 kilometres southwest of Mashhad,There is the ruins of the ancient Bazehur Fire Temple .
Probably built in the Sassanian era, this Zoroastrian religious site is well preserved but relatively unknown.
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