Mashhad is the capital of Khorasan Razavi Province in northeastern of Iran, Mashhad is the most important religious tourism destinations in Iran that welcomes thousands of tourists every year. The city features unique attractions such as the Imam Reza shrine, the eighth Imam of Shia Muslims , and many more historical and cultural sightseeing, making Mashhad one of the most visited tourism destinations in Iran. The city flourished during the reign of Shahrokh Timurid and was the capital of Iran during the Afsharid era. It is interesting to know that Mashhad is the second largest city in Iran after Tehran, bearing the title of the mystical capital of Iran. The city covers the eastern parts of Binaloud Mountains with thousands of mosques encompassing the city.
Astan Quds-e Razavi
The “Astan Quds-e Razavi”, (A.Q.R) foundation not only holds historical and religious significance, but also houses exquisite artistic, cultural and historical treasures. It showcases the art and expertise of hundreds of artists, poets, architects, carvers, calligraphers, tile makers, mirror-makers, carpet makers, jewelers and bookmakers. Imam Reza's shrine is one of the most important Islamic monuments in Iran, having been the center of the attention from the past. Located in the center of Mashhad, the shrine includes some of the most beautiful Shabestans (praying hall) such as the old courtyard in In the north part, the Goharshad one of the most exquisite mosques among
in the south part and the new courtyard in the east part of the shrine. In recent years, other courtyards, including the Islamic Republic's courtyard have been added to the shrine which is the largest and most magnificent courtyard in the shrine. The sound of “Naqara” (timpanist) of Imam Reza shrine in different occasions, attracts many pilgrimages and fills their hearts with joy and delight.
Razavi shrine, with its golden
, is the heart of Astan Quds Razavi. The tomb of Imam Reza is located in the northwest wall of the shrine. The shrine features three exquisite Mihrabs (altars), profound tiling from the Islamic era, golden doors, silver and gold adytum, and a number of Iranian artifacts such as mirror works, embroidery, tiling, woodcarving, and calligraphy along with verses from the Quran and poems describing the sacredness of Imam Reza. The western part of the shrine has been developed in recent years.