With 2.4 million inhabitants Mashhad is Iran's second biggest city and one of the holiest cities for Shia Muslims. Mashhad lies in eastern Iran, not far from the borders to Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, about 730 km to the east of Tehran, in the Razavi Khorasan province. The main attraction of Mashhad is the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, also known as Haram-e Razavi, or Haram complex. This is a pilgrimage centre extending over an area of 500m x 500m with several courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and other structures. Mashhad is a clean and modern city with a good infrastructure. It has an international airport and is connected by train to Tehran. A metro system is in operation and is being expanded. Mashhad is centre for higher education with over 20 colleges and universities.

Imam Reza holy shrine photo gallery  - 27 pictures of Imam Reza holy shrine
Central Mashhad photo gallery  - 18 pictures of Central Mashhad
Boq eh-ye Khajeh Rabi mausoleum photo gallery  - 20 pictures of Boq eh-ye Khajeh Rabi mausoleum
27 photos of the Imam Reza Holy Shrine in Mashhad, Iran, with its beautiful domes and courtyards
18 photos of central Mashhad, with its clean street and modern buildings
20 photos of the beautiful Boq'eh-ye Khajeh Rabi mausoleum which lies north of Mashhad
Tomb of Ferdowsi in Tus photo gallery  - 21 pictures of Tomb of Ferdowsi in Tus
Around Mashhad photo gallery  - 18 pictures of Around Mashhad
21 photos of the tomb of Ferdowsi in Tus, one of the greatest Iranian poets
18 photos taken during a car trip around Mashhad
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