Qom (Ghom) is located at the edge of the Kavir-e-markazi desert, 125km south of Tehran and 230 north of Isfahan. The city is major Shia religious centre in Iran and is considered the second holiest city in Iran after Mashhad. Qom is home to the Hazrat-e-Masoumeh shrine (aka Fatima Masumeh shrine), a huge complex with beautiful decorations, golden domes and minarets. Qom has 1.1 million inhabitants and is a regional industrial centre.
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