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    Mausoleum of Ferdowsi - Tous
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    Tous - Mausoleum of Ferdowsi

    by Behi Updated Mar 13, 2008
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    Tous, is a city in northeastern Iran, in the Razavi Khorasan province, 24km north of Mashhad.

    Ferdowsi The highly revered Persian poet & father of the modern Persian language was born 935 in Bazh a village near Tous & died around 1020 CE in poverty and embittered by royal neglect.
    Ferdowsi was buried at the yard of his own home, where his mausoleum now lies.

    His great epic The Shahnameh (The Epic of Kings), to which he devoted more than 35 years, was originally composed for presentation to the Samanid princes of Khorasan, who were the chief instigators of the revival of Iranian cultural traditions after the Arab conquest of the seventh century.

    The construction of Mausoleum began in the year 1928 and work came to an end in 1934 during Reza Shah Pahlavi to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the poet.
    In the year 1964 a few changes were made in the structure.
    The overall shape of Ferdowsi's tomb is reminiscent of the Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae & in Mausoleum there are a series of modern bas-relief illustrating of the main episodes from Shahnameh.
    Each side wall of the building is approximately 30 m. x 30 m. as 30 years of work on Shahname, worked with marble it is adorned by verses from the Shahnameh in the Nasta'liq script.

    Above the southern side, a relief of Feravahar the Symbol of Zoroazterian Iran has been installed.

    sculpture like Persepolis columns shaped the Corners.

    30 fountains at front of Mausoleum are Symbol of 30 years of work on Shahname

    20 sculpture in Mausoleum are the Symbol of 20th cent. date of contraction

    40 lights in Mausoleum are the Symbol of 4th decade (in Persian calendar). date of contraction

    Ferdowsi wrote in the end Shahnameh:
    "Buildings of the city suffer deterioration
    From the raindrop and the ray of sunlight."

    "I founded a great palace of verse [The Shahnameh]
    That is impervious to the wind and the rain"

    "I shall not die, these seeds [of discourse] I've sown will save
    My name and reputation from the grave,"

    "And men of sense and wisdom will proclaim,
    When I have gone, my praises and my fame."

    Ferdowsi Museum & Darvaze Razan monument & Akhavan Sales tomb are in area

    Address: Pardis boulevard, Tous

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    Tous - Harounieh Dome

    by Behi Updated Mar 13, 2008
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    Tous, is a city in northeastern Iran, in the Razavi Khorasan province, 24km north of Mashhad.

    Harounieh Dome is whole thing that Tatar remained from Tous.

    Harounieh Dome Called Haroun's Prison, Mamonyye, Mousque of Tous or Ghazali's Khanghah during ages.
    but it's not prison & built centuries after Haroun Al-Rashid the Abbasid caliph.

    There is no inscription in the building but it seems to be a mausoleum or Khanghah from Ilkhanid dynasty. (13-14th cent.)

    vast dome shaped square of height 25 m, and 12x12 sq. m area, with 3 inter-connected booths in the end of the building with fine stucco decoration on ceiling.

    an Exhibition of some inscriptions & models of some monuments in Khorasan province is held in Harounieh Dome.

    a Ghazali's memorial & Tabaran monument & Dr. Khadivjam tomb are in area

    Address: in the middle way (~500m south) to Tomb of Ferdowsi in Pardis boulevard.

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    Khajeh Rabi, The wonderful Safavid Art work

    by Behi Written Mar 1, 2008

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    Khajeh Rabi cemetery is a famous and renowned mausoleum of Rabi Ebn-e Khossaim the ruler of Rey during Imam Ali (first Shiite Saint). He was also a devotee of Islamic History. (8th cent. AD) & cemetery of hundreds martyrs of imposed war by Iraq.
    Fathali Khan the ancestor of Qajar dynasty also has been buried in mausoleum.
    situated 4 km. northwest of Mashhad on the Khajeh Rabi Road.

    It was built during Shah Abbas Safavid in recommendation of Sheikh Bahaei by Mirza Olgh in 1617 AD.
    This mausoleum is octagonal in shape and houses 16 booths, large halls and portico styled in intricate and unique oriental architecture.
    The dual shel dome is 18 m. high. decorated with fine tilework.

    The interior of the mausoleum has interesting ornaments which includes two inscriptions written by Ali Reza Abbasi & Golden paintings.

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    POLICE:

    by omidamini Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Dial 110, 58800
    1.The police station No 1. Imam Khomeini Ave, 42895, 45026-9
    2.The police station No 2. Mosa!la Blvd, 95022-3
    3.The police station No 6. Ahmad Abad Ave, Abuzar Street, 802698.
    4.Road Police 321400,610000, 312500.
    5. Emergency Requirements: 311081-3.

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    Tasooa - Religous Ceremony

    by kiwigeo Updated Feb 14, 2005

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    Young children in religous ceremony

    These ceremonies take place all over Iran during mid February, but are more common in the country side. This photo was taken near Torbat e Heidariye, about 100km S of Mashad.

    The week long parades commemorate the death of the seventh century Shi'ite martyr Hossein who was killed on the battlefield of Kerbala in Iraq.

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    Windmills near Khaf

    by kiwigeo Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    The hardest way to make flour

    These windmills are attached to millstones which grind wheat to produce flour. Only one of these work today but I haven't seen anything else like it in Iran. Also out the back is an ancient cemetry where there are some very interesting (and old) tombstones.

    The town of Khaf is about 50km from the Afghan border and about 200km SE of Mashad. Probably not worth the journey unless you have a specific interest in windmill powered millstones!

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    Torgabeh

    by kiwigeo Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    The Imams are watching

    This picturesque town is about 20km west of Mashad and is best reached by taxi. Really pretty especially in autumn. Many handicrafts where you are bound to find something cheap for the relatives.

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