Razavi Shrine

Also known as: Imam Reza Shrine, Astan-e Qods-e Razavi

Revered Place of Pilgrimage


Razavi Shrine contains the mausoleum of Imam Reza (765 – 818 A.D.) the 8th of 12 Imams of Shia Muslims. It is a city-within-a-city and the most revered place of pilgrimage in Iran. Millions of Muslim pilgrims from across the world visit the site every year.
 

Islamic Architecture


Lofty blue-tiled minarets, a pure gold dome, enormous squares along with fountain-cooled courtyards flanked by huge mosques, grab the attention of the visitors at the first glance.
Inside the mosques there are elaborate mirror works, arched arcades and marble-paved halls.
Goharshad Mosque is one of the prayer halls within the shrine complex. The 15th century mosque, one of the oldest in Iran, features noble Iranian-Islamic architecture.
In sum, the complex is known as one of the marvels of Islamic architecture and its glory should be savored at varying times of day.
 

Spiritual Experience


Watching masses of pilgrims praying in unison during prayer times (at noon and in the evening and at dusk) could be a moving experience. Huge masses gather around Imam Reza’s zarih, (a lattice gilded steel work enclosing the grave). The rectangular structure lies under the golden dome and has been decorated with verses of the Quran as well as names of holy figures and other exquisite artwork.

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