Al Zahra

Balwar Bahar St. & Montazeri Ave. P.O. Box 37185, Qom, Iran
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Qum Sanctuaries

by omidamini

Sanctuaries

The approach to Qum, whether from the south,west or north, gives warning of its religious importance. In all directions, the horizon is dotted with the golden or blue cones or domes of shrines specially designed and built for the offspring of the Shi'ite Imams. No other place in Iran has such a rich collection; an exceptionally large number of domed sanctuaries on square or octagonal bases with tent domes, tile covered. were erected here in the I4th century, There are in fact no less than ten dating from that period, most of them in fair condition; six are near or to the south of old Kashan gate (southeast of the town), two between there and the Esfahan road (south), and two beyond the railway station (west), Several interiors contain excellent polychrome relief work, the best extant anywhere except for the gallery at Sultanieh' the most noteworthy are:

1.Imamzadeh Ali ibn-e Ja'far (1339), where AJi ibn Ja'far and Mohammad ibn-e Mussa Kazem are buried. It is located at the end of Chahar Mardan Street, next to the Islamic Revolution Martyrs' cemetery .
2. Imamzadeh Ahmad ibn-e Qassem, who is said to be the son of Imam Mussa in one source and of Imam Sadegh in another. It is located in Davazdah Qal'eh District, intersection of Somayeh and Mo'allem Streets.
3. Imamzadeh Mussa Mubargha'.
4. Imamzadeh Hamzeh.
5. Imamzadeh Ebrahim.
6. Imamzadeh Ali.
7. Imamzadeh Jamal.
8. Chahar Imamzadeh.
9. Green Cupola Garden Tombs.
10.Sheikhan.

Qom -- so close yet so far from Tehran

by jkseddon

Qom is the second most important religious centre in Iran after Mashad and is where Imam Khomeini was exiled from by the Shah. Today it is a pilgrimmage site for Shiite Muslims and is quite a conservative place.

For non-Muslims, finding accomodation can be tough and overall the reception you'll find is much cooler than elsewhere in Iran. Aside from the shrine and Khomeini's house there is little to see in Qom but the pilgrims stay busy by shopping in the evenings.

You can stay here on the way into or out of Tehran. Alternatively, you can make it a day trip from Tehran.

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