- Place or Religious Monument
- Place or Historical Monument
The second largest city in Iran,Mashhad developed around the mausoleum of Imam Reza and today welcomes close to 20 million Shiite pilgrims from all over the Muslim world.
Penetrating into the mausoleum's enclosure gave me a better idea of the religious fervour which can drive Iranians. Reaching the tomb isn't normally allowed for non-Muslims, but the lucky ones may succeed in slipping into the crowd to rally the Holy of Holies and witness the very emotional displays of religious fervour.
In addition to Imam Reza's mausoleum, you'll be able to visit the tomb of Nader Shah Afshar, an Iranian emperor who briefly conquered Delhi (India) in the 18th century. Other historic attractions close to Mashhad during a trip to Iran are the neighbouring towns of Nishabur and Tus.