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.

01 Blue and golden domes of shrine 02 Blue and golden domes of shrine 03 Panoramic view of blue and golden domes of shrine 04 Arches
05 Arches 06 Entrance 07 Wall with colonnade 08 Entrance to Imam Reza holy shrine
09 Courtyard next to shrine entrance 10 Dome and iwan 11 Colonnade 12 Colonnade 13 Pilgrims walking next to entrance
14 Women in front of poster of Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei 15 Skyline of Imam Reza holy shrine 16 Haram area
17 Skyline of Imam Reza holy shrine 18 Skyline of Imam Reza holy shrine 19 Golden dome and minarets at night
20 Golden dome and minarets at night 21 Golden minaret at night 22 Golden dome and minaret at night 23 Blue dome and minaret at night 24 Golden dome and minarets at night
25 Skyline of Imam Reza holy shrine at night 26 Courtyard near entrance at night 27 Pilgrims having donner after dark 01 View of shrine
02 Panoramic view of Mashhad 03 Panoramic view of Mashhad 04 Panoramic view of Mashhad
05 Panoramic view of Mashhad 06 Dah e Dey square 07 Imam Khomeini street 08 Shop on Imam Khomeini street 09 Imam Khomeini street
10 Men wearing dishdasha crossing the street 11 Pavement 12 Shop on Imam Khomeini street 13 Women with black hijab 14 Fountain with red water on Moqaddas square
15 Shops near shrine 16 Dried fruits shop at night 17 Alley near shrine 18 Shopping centre at night 01 Boq e-ye Khajeh Rabi mausoleum 02 Garden flowers
03 Inner court 04 Colonnade 05 Blue dome 06 Tombstones with Arabic inscriptions
07 Boq e-ye Khajeh Rabi mausoleum 08 Alcove 09 Mausoleum hall with decorated walls 10 Decorated ceiling 11 Decorated wall 12 Persian carpet
13 Mausoleum hall with decorated walls 14 Decorated ceiling 15 Interior hall 16 Mausoleum hall with decorated walls 17 Mausoleum hall with decorated walls 18 Mausoleum hall with decorated walls
19 Decorated ceiling 20 Mausoleum hall with decorated walls 01 Park and tomb of Ferdowsi 02 Statue of Ferdowsi
03 Mausoleum of the poet Ferdowsi 04 Mausoleum of the poet Ferdowsi 05 Ferdowsi cenotaph 06 Mausoleum of the poet Ferdowsi 07 Tomb of Ferdowsi
08 Tomb of Ferdowsi 09 Wall inscription in Arabic characters 10 Battle between Iran and Turan bas-relief 11 Rostam and Sohrab bas-relief 12 Bas-relief with scene from a Ferdowsi tale
13 Iranian woman watching stone inscription 14 Couple watching bas-relief 15 Wall inscription in Arabic characters 16 Bas-relief with scene from a Ferdowsi tale 17 Inscription on marble table
18 Hall below the tomb of Ferdowsi 19 Darius and his court bas-relief 20 Basrelief of Sasanian king 21 Arrival of Indian king on elephants to Iranian court 01 Open air restaurant in Shardiz
02 Open air restaurant in Shardiz 03 Open air restaurant in Shardiz 04 Open air restaurant in Shardiz 05 Prayer hall in Golestan shrine 06 Golestan shrine 07 Prayer hall in Golestan shrine
08 Persian carpet in Golestan shrine 09 Prayer hall in Golestan shrine 10 Flower vase - Golestan shrine 11 Golestan shrine decoration 12 Golestan shrine
13 Golestan shrine 14 Golden board - Golestan shrine 15 Persian carpet - Golestan shrine 16 Gate of Haruniyeh mausoleum 17 Haruniyeh mausoleum
18 Haruniyeh mausoleum
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