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Complete guide to visiting the shrine of Imam Reza (AS)

Complete guide to visiting the shrine of Imam Reza (AS)

Believe me, one of the most difficult things to do is to write about the shrine of Imam Reza (as); A subject in which your emotions take precedence over the information you have about it, and you prefer to say only four lines of mood instead of saying it, and that’s it!

The shrine of Imam Reza (as) is exactly one of those places that is easier to feel than to describe. Maybe that’s why we read more manuscripts for this shrine than a complete pilgrimage guide. In this section of Alibaba Tourism Magazine we have decided to gather the strength of our feelings and, like the servants of the shrine who answer our questions, Let us answer all your questions from Astan Quds Imam Reza (AS).

The famous scenes of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) are the courtyard of the Revolution, the Razavi Mosque, Azadi, the Islamic Republic and Quds. Behnam’s porches include the porches of Imam Khomeini, Sheikh Tabarsi, Dar al-Hijjah and Dar al-Jaba.

There are 4 ways to reach the shrine of Imam Reza (AS): 1. Shirazi Street (Sheikh Tusi entrance) 2. Imam Reza Street (Bab Al-Jawad entrance) And Baba Reza) 3. Nawab Safavi Street (Nawab Safavid entrance) 4. Tabarsi Street (Tabarsi entrance).

1. Central Museum 2. Carpet Museum 3. Museum of Quran and Treasures 4. Museum of Anthropology 5. Museum of Leadership Gifts 6. Hall of Master Farshchian

There are many different hotels, markets and restaurants around the shrine that make your pilgrimage and stay very comfortable and hassle-free.

A look at the condition of the shrine from the past to the present

The shrine of Imam Reza (AS), which is actually his burial place, has a long history and dates back to the 610 AH. This place was originally the tomb of Harun al-Rasheed, the caliph and father of Ma’mun, who after the martyrdom of Imam Reza (AS), Ma’mun buried him next to the grave of his father. This tomb was located near Noghan, in a village called Noghan.

The burial of the holy body of Imam Reza (AS) in this tomb caused this place to be gradually known as the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and the name and address of Harun Al-Rasheed no longer existed.

Although the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) has been destroyed many times throughout history by looters and invaders such as the Mongols and Ghaznavids, but those interested in Imam Reza (AS) have tried to rebuild the tomb every time and especially to this religious place. They were devoted.

During the Safavid period, by the order of Shah Tahmasb Safavid, a glorious reconstruction was carried out on the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and since that time we have witnessed the regular reconstruction of Astan Quds Razavi and also the expansion of its space.

It is worth mentioning that Imam Reza (AS) court currently has an area of ​​1 million square meters, which has made this shrine one of the largest religious places in the world.

Familiarity with the building of Imam Reza (AS)

If you are a pilgrim to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), you may hear names that you do not know exactly where in the description; Like the shrine of Munawara, which you may first think is a religious ceremony, while I must say that you have heard the name of a place!

In this section, I will introduce you to the different parts of the shrine, the knowledge of which will make you have a more conscious pilgrimage.

Roza Munawara

Roza Munawara means Golzar Noorani and refers to the part of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) where his blessed body is buried. The shrine of Imam Reza (AS) has an area of ​​nearly 189 square meters, of which the holy shrine occupies 17.5 square meters of this place.

روضه منوره

Roza Munawara is in fact the central point of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) that all other parts are built around and around the axis of this place. Munawara shrine is connected to the porches of Imam Reza (AS) shrine through 4 pages.

Burial

Burial actually means burial place. As I mentioned earlier, the blessed body of Imam Reza (AS) is buried in the tomb of Haruniyeh, and if I want to be more precise, his tomb is located above the tomb of Harun al-Rasheed.

Tint House

Probably the bell house is one of those parts of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) that you know more than other places and you remember the sound of the bells in the times close to sunrise and sunset.

نقاره‌خانه

Naqareh Khaneh is one of the porches of the Revolution Square which is in its eastern part. contract. The tin porch of Imam Reza (AS) shrine, like other porches in this courtyard, is decorated with two inscriptions.

The inscriptions on the porch of the tin house have been calligraphized by Mohammad Hossein Shahid Mashhadi, which includes the verse of light in the forehead and Surah Mobarakeh Muzmal in the margin.

Indeed, if you go on pilgrimage during the days of martyrdom or the months of Muharram and Safar, I must say that you should not wait to hear the sound of bells. In these days, to preserve the sanctity, this melody will not be played.

Minarets of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS); Wreaths Highlights

The minaret is one of those cultural and historical monuments that was used to guide travelers at the entrance of cities before it was used for religious purposes.

The minaret or garland changed its use over time and became a place for reciting the call to prayer next to mosques.

مناره‌های حرم امام رضا (ع)؛

In the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) there are 12 minarets, each of which has been painted with the most art.

The minarets of Imam Reza (AS) shrine are located in these places:

  • Two gilded minarets above the Golden Porch and the Abbasi Porch in the courtyard of the Revolution
  • Two minarets in the courtyard of the Islamic Republic
  • Two minarets in the courtyard of Goharshad Mosque
  • Six minarets in the comprehensive courtyard of Razavi

The courtyards of the shrine of Imam Reza (as); Backyard Imagination

A courtyard is a play area that is enclosed from the surroundings. Scenes are one of the most important components of Islamic architecture that are usually used in spiritual spaces to separate the interior of the shrine from other places.

The shrine of Imam Reza (AS) currently has 9 courtyards, each of which has its own efficiency and circumstances. In this section, I want to describe these scenes to you and fly the bird of your heart in their sky.

Revolution Square

The courtyard of the revolution is the oldest courtyard of Astan Quds Imam Reza (AS), which is why it is also known as the ancient courtyard. This courtyard of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), which was built during the Timurids, is located on the northern side of the shrine.

صحن های حرم امام رضا (ع)؛

Revolution courtyard has 4 spectacular porches; The rare golden porch is located in the southern part of the courtyard and above the steel window, the Abbasi porch is decorated in the north of the courtyard, the tin house is in the east and the clock porch is in the west of the courtyard.

All parts of the Revolution Square are very famous and very popular among pilgrims; Just like a steel window that, although made of hard steel and bronze, has many hearts softened in its vicinity. A window with a green wish pollinated in every corner.

صحن انقلاب

Another of the most beautiful parts of the shrine of Imam Reza (as) Saqakhaneh is a rare place known as Small Saqakhaneh Tala. The foundation stone of this Saqakhaneh was laid during the reign of Nader Shah Afshar, but due to its gilding by Ismail Khan, Sardar Fath Ali Khan Qajar, it has become known as the Ismail Tala Saqakhaneh.

Freedom Square

The courtyard of the freedom of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) is a newly built courtyard compared to the courtyard of the Revolution and is about 200 years old. Hence, the courtyard of freedom is also known as the new courtyard.

صحن آزادی

The construction of the Freedom Court began during the reign of Fath Ali Shah Qajar, but since the stages of its decoration and completion took place during the reign of Nasser al-Din Shah, it is also called the Nasiri porch.

Quds Square

The courtyard of Quds is the smallest courtyard of Astan Razavi Imam Reza (AS). This courtyard was built during the Islamic Revolution and has a Saqakhaneh in the shape of Jerusalem. This Saqakhanah, with the intention of Imam Reza (AS), who is the eighth Imam of the Shiites, is 1.8 the real building of Jerusalem, and in fact it is a small example of this building.

صحن قدس

Quds courtyard is geographically located on the south side of Roza Munawara and after the historical mosque of Goharshad.

Islamic Republic Square

The courtyard of the Islamic Republic was built in 1989 on the eastern side of the holy shrine. This courtyard, with a golden porch, a Saqakhaneh in the center, a clock tower and also steel windows overlooking the shrine of Munawara, has become the most similar courtyard to the courtyard of the Revolution of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS).

صحن جمهوری اسلامی

In addition to the golden porch, which is also known as Baba Al-Walayeh, the courtyard of the Islamic Republic also has 3 other porches that Baba Al-Shahadeh Baba al-Alam and Baba al-Ghadir are named.

Razavi comprehensive courtyard or the courtyard of the Great Prophet

The huge area of ​​the Razavi Comprehensive Courtyard, which amounts to 117,000 square meters, has made this courtyard the largest courtyard of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS). Amazing area that has the ability to hold congregational prayers with the presence of 25,000 pilgrims and is one of the largest scenes of holy places around the world.

صحن جامع رضوی یا صحن پیامبر اعظم

The comprehensive courtyard of the Razavi shrine of Imam Reza (AS) was built in the contemporary era and 30 rooms and It has 46 pavilions dedicated to holding various religious programs.

This courtyard, which is located in the south of the shrine, leads to Imam Reza (AS) and Khosravi No streets through Baba al-Reza and Baba al-Javad.

Indeed, if someone mentions the comprehensive courtyard of Razavi, also known as the courtyard of the Great Message, you will not be asked where they are talking about; In the winter of 1399, this courtyard was renamed the courtyard of the Great Prophet.

courtyard of Kowsar

If you intend to enter the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) from Shahid Nawab Safavi Street, you will enter the courtyard of Kowsar. Kosar courtyard leads to Hedayat courtyard and Razavi comprehensive courtyard.

صحن کوثر

Kosar courtyard mostly has the role of an entrance and a way of communication and generally we will not see religious ceremonies in this courtyard. There is no news of gilding in the courtyard of Kowsar, the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), and the art of mosaic tiling has replaced it.

Ghadir Square

Ghadir courtyard, which is located on the southwest side of the shrine, is another shrine of Imam Reza (AS). This courtyard was built with the aim of creating a connection between the courtyards and the various ways of the shrine.

From Ghadir courtyard, you will be in direct contact with the comprehensive scenes of Razavi, the Islamic Republic and Sardar Shirazi.

Ghadir courtyard has two important possibilities: 1. Sanitary service 2. Ghadir service commercial complex.

In Ghadir commercial complex, it is possible to access goods such as food, clothing, rhinestones, decorative stones, etc., which can be a close and suitable option for you if needed.

Guideline

If you have been a guest at the Iftar tables of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) during the month of Ramadan, you have most likely seen the Hedayat courtyard, a large courtyard that hosts many fasting pilgrims every year.

Sacred Mission

In the past, the courtyard of the Besat was known as the courtyard of Imam Khomeini, but with the changes, a major part of it became the porch of Imam Khomeini, and the remaining space was registered as the courtyard of the Besat.

Porches of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS)

In this section, I want to tell you about the porches of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS). The portico means the front and the canopy, which are said to be all the roofed neighborhoods around the tomb of Imam Sharif in Astan Quds Razavi.

The shrine of Imam Reza (AS) has 26 porches in the interior, which are named as follows:

  1. Ravagh Dar al-hafez
  2. Dar al-Siyadah porch
  3. Hatem Khani Dome
  4. Gonbadullah Wardikhan
  5. Tawhid Khaneh
  6. Dar al-fiez
  7. dar al-shekar
  8. dar al-sharaf
  9. dar al-ziafat
  10. dar al-sadat
  11. Darul Salam
  12. Dar Al-Sarwar
  13. dar al-aze
  14. dar al-zekre
  15. Dar al-zadeh
  16. Sheikh baaldin
  17. Darol-ebade
  18. Darolekhlas
  19. Dar Al-Walaya
  20. Daroljabe
  21. darolhedayeh
  22. Darolmarhama Portico
  23. darplhakame
  24. Darolhojjah Portico
  25. Imam Khomeini (ra)
  26. Darolmarhama Portico
  • Sub-porticos of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS): two porticos of Sheikh Tusi and Sheikh Har Ameli.
  • Other affiliated porticos: the porticos of Dar al-Hijjah, Kowsar, Ghadir and Dar al-Karama, Dar al-Quran, Hazrat Zahra (PBUH) and Hazrat Masoumeh (PBUH)

There are some interesting points about some porticos, and in this part of our pilgrimage guide, I have brought you the most readable ones.

Sheikh Tusi porch

One of the most beautiful images that can be seen in the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) is the connection of young people who wanted to get married at the doorstep of Mubarak Razavi and experience the first moments of their life together in the shrine of Imam Reza (AS).

رواق شیخ طوسی در حرم امام رضا

Sheikh Tusi porch is a place that has been prepared for this and will host the most memorable moments in the life of these young people. Was.

Imam Khomeini porch

The largest porch of Imam Reza (AS) shrine is the porch of Imam Khomeini. As it was said, this porch was a courtyard in the past, which became the widest porch of the shrine by making changes and covering it.

رواق امام خمینی (ره)

In the past, this part was called the Pahlavi courtyard as well as the museum courtyard because of the existence of museums and libraries. It was big at the end of it. Important political, social and religious programs, including Friday prayers, are held in Imam Khomeini’s porch.

Dar al-Hajjah porch

Dar al-Hijjah porch is one of the newly established porches that was opened in 2008 and is in fact the basement of the Revolution. To enter this porch of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) can be done through the closure of Sheikh Har Ameli and Sheikh Tusi.

رواق دارالحجه در حرم امام رضا

The two factors that make the porch of Dar al-Hajjah especially important are:

  1. This porch connects the easternmost part of the shrine (Sheikh Har Ameli porch) to its westernmost part (Sheikh Tusi porch).
  2. The porch of Dar al-Hijjah is the only portico where the qibla is the same as the other side of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS).

Daralajabeh porch

Although in the discussion of pilgrimage, the proximity and dimension of a place has no special meaning, but if you want to know which part of the shrine is closest the place to the tomb Imam Reza (AS) is precious, I must say “Dar al-Ajabah porch”.

رواق دارالاجابه

The eastern wall of Dar al-Ajabeh is located next to the crypt under the shrine, which is the closest part to the burial place of Hazrat Reza (AS).

Libraries of Imam Reza (AS) Shrine

The shrine of Imam Reza (AS), in addition to the religious dimension, also has a cultural dimension that is displayed in libraries and museums. The two libraries run by Astan Mubarak are the Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi and the Goharshad Library.

Astan Quds Razavi Central Library

The Central Library is located in the porch of Imam Khomeini and is managed under the auspices of the Libraries, Museums and Documentation Center of Astan Quds Razavi.

کتابخانه مرکزی آستان قدس رضوی

The spark for the formation of this library was actually ignited from the time of the martyrdom of Imam Reza (AS) that the lovers of this Imam provided the ground for the establishment of a valuable cultural treasure by donating and dedicating Quranic books and pamphlets.

The library currently holds over 4 million books, some of which are globally registered. The Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi has over 50 affiliated libraries outside the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) which are scattered in different parts of the country.

Goharshad or Ahl al-Bayt (as) comprehensive library

Goharshad Library is another cultural center that is located in the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in addition to the central library and serves 24 hours a day. This library is located in the Razavi courtyard and directly in front of Goharshad Mosque.

کتابخانه جامع گوهرشاد یا اهل بیت علیهم‌ السلام

Goharshad Library, which has been renamed the Library of the Ahl al-Bayt (as) and is a specialized library centered on the Ahl al-Bayt (AS).

2 things you should know about this library:

  1. This library is for men.
  2. If the central library of Astan Quds Razavi is closed, pilgrims to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) can use the resources available in this library by filling out the guest form and presenting a valid ID card.

Museums of Astan Quds Razavi

Museums are one of the most spectacular parts of Imam Reza (AS) shrine. Since you may have traveled to Mashhad many times and visited the shrine, but visiting museums was not in your plans, let us not abuse the museums of Astan Razavi Imam Reza (AS) any more and know a little about them.

There are 6 museums in the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), each of which hosts pilgrims and those interested in history with a specific theme and focus. The Central Museum, the Carpet Museum, the Museum of the Qur’an and the Treasures, the Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Leadership Gifts and the Hall of Master Farshchian are works that you can choose according to your interests and time.

Museum of Quran and Treasures

One of the most valuable and richest Quranic treasures in the world is located in the Quran Museum and the treasures of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS). This museum, which is the first Quranic museum in the world, was established in 1985 and has a wide collection of manuscript Qurans belonging to different historical periods.

موزه قرآن و نفایس در حرم امام رضا

  • Location of Quran and Treasures Museum: Shrine of Imam Reza (AS), Kosar courtyard, east side
  • Opening hours: Every day (even holidays) 8 to 12 in the morning

Central Museum

The Central Museum is a very attractive museum that depicts the story of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and everything that has been used or dedicated to you.

  • Location of Central Museum: Shrine of Imam Reza (AS), Kosar courtyard, east side
  • Working hours: Every day (even holidays) 8 to 17:45

The works kept in the Central Museum of the Shrine of Imam Reza (AS) are classified into 9 sections:

  1. Treasures of the Razavi Shrine: Among the works that will be spectacular for you in this section are the former shrines (inkjet belonging to the Safavid period and gold and silver shrines attributed to the Pahlavi period), lattice and engraving inscriptions, lighting fixtures, locks and.. Year of Establishment: 1324
  2. Medal treasure: Many nominees in various fields who have won medals, due to their heartfelt interest in the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS) have presented their medals to him, all of which are kept and cared for in this treasure. Year of Establishment: 2013
  3. Coin Treasure: This section is one of the most enjoyable sections for history lovers. If you are planning to visit the coin treasure of Imam Reza (AS) shrine, I must say that something beyond a museum affiliated with a religious place is waiting for you.

In the coins section, you will find more than 1900 types of hammer and machine coins, each of which narrates a different historical period and geographical location. Year of establishment (independence from other sectors): 1388

موزه مرکزی

  1. Treasure of cold and hot weapons: In this section, you can see the weapons of war related to the historical period of Safavid to Qajar. Year of Establishment: 1999
  2. Treasure of utensils: In the utensils section of the central museum of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), antique utensils that were donated, donated or discovered during the construction of the shrine are displayed. Year of Establishment: 1999
  3. Treasure of Astronomy and Clock: This treasure’s existence owes much to the donations of Seyyed Jalaluddin Tehrani. A variety of astrolabes, clocks, telescopes, spheres, and other astronomical instruments are included in this section, which generally belong to the Safavid historical period. Year of Establishment: 1999
  4. Treasure of stamps and banknotes: The existence of 500 sheets of foreign banknotes and 3000 stamps and postal envelopes has made this treasure of Imam Reza (AS) shrine the richest center for storing stamps and banknotes. Year of Establishment: 1369
  5. Treasure of oysters and sea snails: “Mohammad Saeed Fouad Wahbeh” is the name of a person who has donated his unique marine collection to create this part of the central museum of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS). Following this valuable event and the formation of oyster and sea snail treasures, other people have also started donating similar works, making this part of the museum much more spectacular.

Specialized Museum of Carpets

The carpet museum of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) is one of the most beautiful and charming museums of Astan Quds. Opened in 2011, this museum displays unique Iranian carpets in three floors.

موزه تخصصی فرش در حرم امام رضا

Now the question arises, what works will we see in each floor?

  1. On the first floor, the native motifs of the central and eastern regions of Iran are waiting for you, which, along with the curtain carpets, depict a spectacular collection for you.
  2. On the second floor, the handicrafts of the people of western and northwestern Iran can be seen. Maps that tell the story of different climates and biographies. Watching the carpets and rugs of nomads and tribes across the country is another reason that draws you to this class.
  3. On the last floor, however, the carpets find a more historical atmosphere and show the carpet weaving of the Safavid period.

Anthropology

One of the most interesting parts of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) is the public bath, which was active from the Safavid period until 1989. This bath, which served the pilgrims of Astan Quds Imam Reza (AS) for nearly 4 centuries, was built as an anthropological museum in 2006.

مردم شناسی

Among the works that can be seen in this former bath and the current museum; Traditional clothing and clothing of various Iranian ethnic groups, bath accessories and textiles, cosmetics related to the past and oil paintings in the style of coffee houses and….

Location of Anthropology Museum: Razavi holy shrine, Razavi comprehensive courtyard, west side

Opening hours: Every day (even holidays) 8 to 12 in the morning

Museum of Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s donated works

This museum is located on the ground floor of the Quran and Exquisite Museum and includes gifts donated to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran from all over Iran and the world.

In this museum, all kinds of valuable works; It can be seen as medals, dishes, carpets, coins, inlaid paintings, mosaics, etc.

Museum location: Shrine of Imam Reza (AS), Kosar courtyard, east side

Working hours of the Quran and Treasures Museum: Every day (even on holidays) from 8 to 12 in the morning

Museum of Master Mahmoud Farshchian

It is worth mentioning that the museum of Farshchian’s works is not located in a separate building, and in fact it is part of the building of the Museum of Quran and Exquisites, which are exposed to visitors in a hall.

موزه آثار استاد محمود فرشچیان

The 15 unique paintings presented by her to the shrine of Imam Reza (as) include the following:

  1. The fifth day of creation
  2. Noon of Ashura
  3. Flagship right
  4. Praise the Lord
  5. Orphanage
  6. Ya rab
  7. Prayer
  8. Ascension
  9. rami jomre
  10. The gift of love
  11. Kosar
  12. Deer sponsor 2
  13. The first message
  14. Appeal
  15. Khamseh Al Taybeh

The 15-year-old painting that she calendared to the shrine of Imam Reza (as) is a miniature painting that they have in memory of their ancestors.

Dar Al-Shifa Imam Reza

Imam Reza (AS) Shrine Hospital is a well-equipped clinic near the court, which can be counted on when needed. The medical center has several departments that will meet your needs for emergency, CPR, dentistry, laboratory, vision and audiometry, ENT, pediatrics, orthopedics and more.

دارالشفای حرم امام رضا

The building of Imam Reza (AS) Shrine is one of the endowments of Astan Quds Razavi, which also has 5 emergency medical bases inside the shrine and relieves the pilgrims. The location of these bases is as follows:

Special bases for women: Dar al-Hijjah porch and Khatam Khani dome

Special bases for men: Jomhory courtyard, Goharshad courtyard and Razavi comprehensive courtyard (courtyard of the Great Prophet)

Imam Reza Guest House

It is unlikely that anyone will be a pilgrim to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and will have the opportunity to taste the food of the Imam and reject it. Imam Reza (AS) Guest House was established during the reign of Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar, for the hospitality of pilgrims. This guest house is also famous for its previous letters to some of the pilgrims and neighbors. Letters such as Zavari Guest House, Zavari Factory and Hazrati Kitchen.

Now that we are talking about Hazrati food, it is not bad to tell you the way to book food for Imam Reza (AS) shrine.

مهمانسرای امام رضا (ع)

Unlike in the past, when having an invitation to a guest house was accidental and promised, these days, by installing the Rezvan application, it is possible to book a promise on a suitable date for you. I hope you get a good taste of traveling with other pilgrims of Astan Razavi Imam Reza (AS).

If you are lucky and you are a guest of the Prophet’s table, go to Ghadir courtyard Why is the new guest house of Imam Reza (AS) shrine located in Ghadir courtyard of Imam Reza (AS) shrine.

Cultural centers of Imam Shrine

One of the cultural departments related to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) is Razavi University of Islamic Sciences or Razavi University. Those interested in the fields of humanities and Islamic sciences can study at this university in three levels of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

The space and educational programs of this university are designed with a religious focus and its goal is to cultivate specialized and skilled people in the university and seminary departments; In this way, the students of this university, in addition to academic sciences, also pass the seminary sciences.

Famous tombs in the shrine

The shrine of Imam Reza (AS) is one of the places that many devotees of this holy threshold wish to be blindfolded and buried in this place.

Famous and great people are buried in the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and many pilgrims go to their tombs and pray for them.

Among the most famous tombs of the court of the eighth Imam are the tombs of Sheikh Hor Ameli, Allameh Tabarsi, Sheikh Baha’i, Sheikh Nakhodaki, Sheikh Mohammad Aref Abbasi (known as Pir Palan), Ayatollah Kouhestani and Seyyed Javad Khamenei.

Gohar Shad Mosque

Goharshad Mosque is one of the most prosperous mosques in Iran, which is famous for several reasons:

  1. Proximity to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS)
  2. The historical dimension of this mosque. Goharshad Mosque was built by the order of Goharshad Begum, the wife of Shahrokh Mirza Teymouri, during the Timurids.
  3. Magnificent architecture, tiling, unique calligraphy and style

مسجد گوهرشاد در حرم امام رضا

Goharshad Mosque leads from the north to the shrine of Imam Khomeini and from the east, west and south to the porch of Imam Khomeini, the courtyard of the Islamic Republic and the comprehensive courtyard of Razavi.

Welfare facilities around the shrine of Imam Reza (AS)

Astan Quds Imam Reza (AS) is undoubtedly the most important part of Mashhad, which also requires adequate amenities. Naturally, these facilities are not limited to the sanctuary and include the courtyard. Facilities such as hotel, restaurant, transportation, etc. that are definitely useful for you.

Hotels around Imam Reza Shrine

If your goal of traveling to Mashhad is to visit the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), one of the most important criteria for choosing a hotel will be proximity to this holy threshold.

There are many hotels around the various entrances of the shrine, each of which tries to attract more pilgrims and travelers by emphasizing the proximity of a place to the holy shrine of Imam Reza.

In this section, I want to introduce some hotels close to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) based on criteria that there is a suitable option for every style and taste:

Medina Reza Hotel

Depending on your circumstances and needs, you may be looking for a hotel that, in addition to being close to the shrine, has very good amenities and is, in a word, luxurious. In this case, Medina Reza Hotel will be a very ideal option for you.

This hotel is the closest 5-star hotel to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), which is only 150 meters away from the shrine.

هتل مدینه الرضا

Atlas Hotel in Mashhad

Atlas Hotel is a 3-star hotel. With its long history in hotel management, proximity to the shrine and its cheapness, this hotel has provided good conditions for simple people.

Atrak Hotel in Mashhad

Whatever the turn, it’s the right turn for those I call “too many of us.” Those who want both God and dates; Both desirable well-being and proximity, as well as reasonable and acceptable prices.

Atrak Hotel in Mashhad is the closest 4-star hotel to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), which is a good choice for many of us. Hotel with facilities and reasonable prices.

But what if accommodation conditions were not available in these hotels?

Look for other options; Such as Dervish Hotel in Mashhad, Javad Hotel in Mashhad, Hatra Hotel, Hayat Shargh Hotel, Sahand Hotel and….

Restaurants around Imam Reza Shrine

Come to Mashhad for pilgrimage or tourism, food is one of the most important parts of travel. So, it is better to know some good restaurants around the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) and count on it for the times before and after the pilgrimage.

Babaqdart Traditional Restaurant

Whether you crave a cup of tea or a traditional Babakdrat food, it will be the closest choice for you.

رستوران سنتی باباقدرت

Probably when we talk about a traditional restaurant, Chloe food comes to mind and that’s it. But the good news is that the restaurant’s menu also includes seafood, which also happens to be very popular.

Lebanese Layali Restaurant

why not? Record a different experience in your trip to Mashhad. Lebanon Layali Restaurant is another restaurant close to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) that can be this new experience for you.

This restaurant serves delicious Arabic food and fast food that you will definitely enjoy.

Moin Darbari Restaurant

High quality and reasonable price are the most important reasons that draw many customers to a certain court restaurant. Baba Al-Jawad is about 10 minutes by car and half an hour on foot. Your hands are also open to a good selection, because a variety of Iranian and seafood dishes have been prepared for you.

رستوران معین درباری

I will name a few other restaurants that are close to the shrine of Imam Reza so that I can rest assured that you have finally found a suitable option:

Golden Palace International Hotel Restaurants, Dervish Hotel Restaurant, Rezaei Restaurant. If you have a craving for fast food, fast food is a phenomenon and Rojan offers suitable and close to the shrine.

Markets around the shrine of Imam Reza (AS)

Reza bazar

Reza Bazaar is the most famous bazaar near the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) whose name you have heard over and over again. A market where you may not find quality and special goods, but shopping is very enjoyable! The reason is the variety of goods, cheap prices and the old texture of the market.

بازار رضا

Mashhad Sky Passage

Sky Passage 1 and 2 is a good option for those who are looking for more stylish goods than Reza Bazaar.

Arman Shopping Center

If you do not have time to visit the passages away from the shrine and at the same time you are looking to buy various goods, including cosmetics, visit Arman Shopping Center.

Regarding the markets near the shrine of Imam Reza, let me say one thing and that’s it. There are as many shopping opportunities around the shrine as there are streets and shops. So do not look for a specific center and take a step around the shrine. If you are looking for better quality goods and of course a higher price, you should probably go to shopping malls a little further away, such as Diamond East, Bio East and Proma.

Bus systems and taxi lines around the shrine

There are two reasons why you should get acquainted with the bus system and taxi lines around the shrine of Imam Reza (AS):

  1. Most likely, like many other pilgrims, you have traveled to Mashhad without a personal car and you need to use this system.
  2. You have left for Mashhad by private car, but the restrictions of the traffic plan around the shrine have closed your hands and feet.

So it is better to get acquainted with this system and Mashhad intercity transportation lines when needed.

سامانه‌های اتوبوسرانی و خطوط تاکسی اطراف حرم امام رضا

The bus lines that pass through the holy shrine station are as follows:

  • Tabarsi Terminal – Imam Reza Terminal
  • Holy Shrine – Vakilabad Terminal
  • Mosalla Terminal – Azadi Terminal
  • Holy Shrine – North Tabarsi Boulevard
  • Holy Shrine – Martyrs’ Terminal
  • The end of Imamiyeh – the end of Shahid Bahonar town
  • Mosalla – elahie
  • Baba Al-Jawad – Tourism Terminal

But if you choose taxis, there are a lot of taxis waiting for you at every door of the shrine. If these taxis were active on their linear route that no; You will pay according to the specified rate. But if it was clear that you were going to be stranded or taken off-road, be sure to spend the money with the final driver or, as we say, from the beginning.

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