The holy shrine of Imam Reza, is one of the fabulous and beautiful religious monuments in the world, situated in the city of Mashhad. The shrine contains the mausoleum of the Imam Reza, son of Imam Musa-kazim, the eighth Imam of shias. Every year more than 30million people visit the holy shrine, and it is ranked as 1 in tourism sites of Iran.
The magnificent complex of the shrine is round and includes nine courtyards, twenty six porches, the Gowhar Shad Mosque, Razavi university, museums, hospital and many offices. Apart from its religious importance, it’s an architecture masterpiece that has lightened the Mashhad city. The courtyards are very beautiful and have a great architecture. The museum of the shrine, is one the great and important museums of Iran and it is among the richest museums of the Islamic world.
Every year some special ceremonies is held at the shrine. The ten days of Moharram, Hazrat-e-Muhammad’s first revelation, Imam Reza’s birth anniversary, Nowruz ceremony and so many others are among them. There is a tradition and belief that a pilgrim to Imam Reza’s shrine is equal to 70,000 pilgrims to Mecca.
The city of Mashhad is well connected to rail, road and airways to major cities across the globe and iran. Every year lots of curious foreigners arrive at the Mashhad and fascinated by the by the greatness of shrine. Non-Muslim also allowed to enter and visit some certain parts of the holy shrine.