Saleh Imamzadeh of Tehran is more than a place of interest in the capital. Many Tehranians perform their vows in this holy place and it is considered as a safe place of worship. Imamzadeh Saleh is one of those spaces where you can sit in a quiet corner for hours and think about everything and relax. In some Tehran sights a spiritual and spiritual flow is felt and for this reason the visit It makes them feel different.We leave the experience of the unique feeling of Imamzadeh to you and your heart, and in this article, we will enter into geographical and tourism discussions. Guide Alibaba Tourism Magazine is provided in Imamzadeh Saleh area for both travelers and Tehranians. Many Tehranians have visited the Imamzadeh several times, but have not yet seen many of the tourist attractions around it.
Where is Saleh Imamzadeh?
Imamzadeh Saleh is located on the southeast side of Tajrish Square.
How to get to Imamzadeh Saleh by subway?
The last station of Tehran Metro Line 1 arrives in Tajrish, which is near Saleh Imamzadeh.
How to get to Imamzadeh by bus?
BRT line Railway-Tajrish passes near Saleh Imamzadeh.
What are the sights around Imamzadeh?
Tajrish Bazaar, Valiasr St., Saadabad Palace, Arg Commercial Complex, Ghaem Passage, Garden of the Museum of Iranian Art, Tandis Passage.
Who was Imamzadeh Saleh?
According to Shiite narrations and historical books, Saleh bin Musa al-Kadhim is the immediate son of Imam Musa Kazem and the brother of Imam Reza (AS). He is known as one of the noble and correct Sadat of the Ahl al-Bayt of the Prophet. After the news of the crown prince of Imam Reza (AS) reached Hazrat Saleh at the end of the second century AH, he began his journey from Iraq to Iran. On the way to Shemiran, he stopped to rest in Tajrish and was martyred at the same point by a man named Hassan, who was from Pol-e Karkh (present-day Karaj). His body was buried near a large sycamore tree in the garden of Janat Golshan in the same area.
Iranians have a special respect for Saleh because of his relationship with the Shiite Imams, and for this reason, after his martyrdom, they built a court and a shrine for him. This shrine is currently one of the most visited religious areas in Tehran and a place for holding ceremonies related to various religious occasions. In addition to Iranians, Shiites who travel to Tehran from around the world must also plan a pilgrimage to the court of Hazrat Saleh.
History of the building
Imamzadeh Saleh is one of the oldest buildings in Tehran and is likely to have been built during the patriarchal period (700 AH). But there is no exact information about who first built the court of Hazrat Saleh. It is mentioned in history that in 1210, one of the sons of Fath Ali Shah Qajar named Holako rebuilt the Imamzadeh building. The tiling of the dome and the change of the door of the Imamzadeh from the south side to the west side were among the actions of Holako. Holako’s other brother, Shoja al-Saltanah, also built a mosque, a husseiniyah, and a bath in the northern courtyard of the Imamzadeh.
In the entrance porch of the shrine, there is a rectangular brick tablet with the name of Fath Ali Shah engraved on it and it dates back to 1210. The lattice and silver shrine of the shrine was also dedicated by Mirza Saeed Khan, the late Qajar Foreign Minister.
After the Qajar princes, the Imamzadeh remained the same until in 1338, a benefactor named Hassan Fedakar, with his own budget, repaired the Imamzadeh dome again with his own budget. After that, in 1989, the dome was completely destroyed and rebuilt. The new dome was larger. In the 80’s, the Imamzadeh wreaths were placed next to the dome and mirrors were made inside the porches.
Vow of salt in Imamzadeh Saleh
One of the rituals of this shrine is the vow of salt; People who take care of their needs make a vow of salt. Sacrifice salts are also distributed among Imamzadeh pilgrims. Salt in Iranian culture is a symbol of blessing and more days on the table. Of course, this current philosophy is the vow of salt.
The history of the salt vow goes back to a time when there was a lot of snow in the Tajrish area and many people fell to the ground due to slipping. Since then, people have been vowing for salt to sprinkle on the snow to melt it and prevent passers-by. This work gradually became a tradition and became known as the votive offering of Imamzadeh Saleh.
Architecture of Imamzadeh Building
The first thing that attracts attention in the architecture of Saleh Imamzadeh in Tehran is the unique turquoise blue color of the dome and its garlands. The architecture of this holy place is a complete combination of colors and designs. High walls, arches and rectangular design of this building are built in the style of architecture of the seventh and eighth centuries AH. It can be said that the architecture of this holy place is a combination of traditional and ancient Iranian style and art by contemporary architects.
The entrance porch and 4 porches are located on the north side of the compound. At first, the courtyard of Imamzadeh was one of the cemeteries of Tehran; But after a while, burial was banned in this place, and over time, the remains of old tombs were destroyed. At first, there was a wall around the Imamzadeh and it had an enclosed space; But with the implementation of Tajrish Street development plan, the old walls were destroyed. Part of the cemetery has now been turned into a park.
Space and facilities of Saleh Imamzadeh Tomb
The area of the court and tomb of Imamzadeh Saleh is about 3000 square meters and is known as one of the largest Iranian shrines. The Imamzadeh space is divided into different parts, some of which are old and others were built in the post-revolutionary period.
There are three different entrances on the south, east and west sides of Imamzadeh, the southern and eastern entrances lead to Tajrish Bazaar and the western entrance leads to the inner city terminal of Tajrish. To access the entrances of the Imamzadeh, you have to walk part of the way and enter the Imamzadeh space from the bazaar or terminal.
Visiting the Imamzadeh is open to the public and There is no limit. The entrance doors of this court are open in the first six months of the year from the morning call to prayer until 12 pm and in the second six months of the year from the morning call to prayer until 11 pm. Of course, to visit this holy place, you should also pay attention to the restrictions imposed due to the prevalence of corona. Astan Imamzadeh is usually open in accordance with health protocols; But in case of general restrictions, the entrance doors will be closed. For information about this issue, be sure to check the site of Saleh Imamzadeh in Tehran before visiting.
Great shrine of Imamzadeh
The large courtyard of the Imamzadeh has various sights. The tomb of 5 anonymous martyrs in the courtyard of Imamzadeh is the first part of the courtyard that attracts the attention of visitors. After visiting the tombs of the martyrs, you will reach the pigeons of the shrine. These pigeons fly freely in the courtyard and pilgrims can also give them wheat. The vow of wheat for the pigeons of the shrine is another common vow in Saleh Imamzadeh.
The large pool between the courtyard of Imamzadeh Saleh is one of the other old structures of this building. Before the reconstruction of the Imamzadeh, this place had two courtyards, which were located in the larger courtyard of the pond. The water of this basin was supplied from the aqueduct at the head of Tajrish Bridge and after the basin it went to the gardens of Tajrish. This aqueduct, like many aqueducts in Tehran, has dried up in recent years. Next to the pool there was a scaffolding and ablution room, and the pilgrims could perform ablution in this part, pour water on their hands and face, and get rid of the tiredness of the road. The pool has now been renovated and around it is a toilet for men and drinking water taps.
Tomb of the Unknown Martyrs in the Yard
The tombs of the unknown martyrs, the nuclear martyrs, several victims of the Akuraini plane crash and Martyr Fakhrizadeh are located in the middle of the front yard of Saleh Imamzadeh. Pilgrims visit the tombs of the martyrs during the pilgrimage of Imam Zadeh Saleh and recite al-Fatiha for them.
The main pilgrimage
In Saleh Imamzadeh, Tehran, there are two porches for women and two porches for men, all of which have been mirrored in recent years.
The door between all the porches and the courtyard is inlaid by contemporary artists. The shrine of Imamzadeh was originally 6 by 6.5 meters, but now it has an area of about 50 meters. The tomb is the oldest structure of the Imamzadeh building. The shrine of this court is also made of silver and wood in the shape of a lattice.
Imamzadeh toilets are located behind the compound. To access the services, you must exit the exit behind the shrine. After going down the stairs, you will see the health guide boards. Follow them to get to the service. The Imamzadeh men’s and women’s services are completely hygienic and have separate areas for Persian and French services, a bathhouse and a shower.
Plane tree old Imamzadeh Saleh
Imamzadeh Saleh has long been the habitat of the oldest Iranian sycamore. This sycamore tree was known as the symbol of Shemiranat and was so large that the shadow of each of its branches covered a large part of the courtyard and was a place of rest and worship for pilgrims. The ancients say that some schoolteachers held their classes in the shade of this plane tree. The age of the old tree is not known; But it was enough to register it in the list of Iranian cultural heritage.
The circumference of the plane tree trunk of Imamzadeh reached 15 meters and each of its branches was the size of a large plane tree. In short, the big tree was one of the most popular tourist attractions of this holy place. But after the Tajrish aqueduct dried up, part of it, which was located in the Imamzadeh, sat down, and this caused the plane tree to be damaged. On the other hand, after the Tajrish flood, new plans were planned for the region, and Chenar was in the middle of these plans. For this reason, the Cultural Heritage Organization issued an order to cut the sycamore. The tree was cut down one night and the next morning there was no news of the big sycamore tree and the old tree remained only in the old memories of Tajrish.
Havali tourist attractions Imamzadeh
Saleh Tajrish Imamzadeh is located among several tourist attractions in Tehran. Some of them are close to the shrine, which you can reach in a few minutes on foot. It is better to spend at least one afternoon to visit the Imamzadeh and visit the surrounding tourist attractions. Of course, this area is also attractive for a full day of tourism in Tehran.
The traditional markets of each city are among its most attractive sights. Tajrish Bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in Tehran and like other traditional bazaars, it consists of several nesting corridors that work in each corridor of a certain class; Tajrish fruit market is one of its most famous parts. You can find any kind of fruit in Tajrish fruit and vegetable market.
Even people who do not intend to buy enjoy the prosperity and vitality of this market. There are mosques, old husseiniyahs, traditional restaurants around the bazaar and sights that you should not miss.
Tajrish Bazaar is located right next to Saleh Shrine and two of the Imamzadeh entrances lead to this bazaar. You can see the location of the market on the map below.
Tajrish market on Google Map
Arg Passage is a large shopping center in Tehran that has 5 parking floors and 5 commercial floors. This passage is an entertainment center and has facilities such as a cafe, restaurant, food court, amphitheater and green roof. Arg Commercial Complex is open every day from 10:00 to 23:00. This passage is located on the north side of Tajrish Square at the beginning of Saadatabad Street. The distance from Saleh Tajrish Imamzadeh to this passage is not long and you will reach it with a ten minute walk.
Passage of the citadel on the map
Many of the sights around Saleh Shrine are commercial. Ghaem Passage is very old and is located next to the traditional market of Tajrish. The market is open from 10 am to 10 pm, but does not work during the Muharram decade and the days of mourning, as well as on Fridays. Ghaem Passage There are different guilds. So if you do not have much time to shop, it is better to leave other shopping centers and just go to the vertical passage. In this center, you can buy everything you need.
Ghaem Bazaar is located in Shahrdari Street, Tajrish Square, and its distance to the Imamzadeh is a few minutes walk. We have listed the location of this market below.
Vertical passage on Google Map
The statue is another shopping center located near the Imamzadeh. In this shopping center, you can buy products such as all kinds of men’s and women’s clothes, cosmetics, bags, shoes, accessories, and so on. Tandis Passage is built on four floors and is known for its quality goods. In this passage, there are various amenities such as restaurant, coffee shop, bathroom, parking, smoking room, escalator and elevator and special paths for the disabled.
Tandis Passage is located in Gholam Jafari Street, Tajrish Square, and if you walk, it is about ten minutes away from Saleh Shrine. We have placed the location of the statue passage at the bottom.
Statue passage on Google Map
Valiasr Street is known as the tallest street in the Middle East and its symbol is the regular plane trees that are planted on both sides. Valiasr Street has many sights; From shopping malls to restaurants and coffee shops and even historical attractions. Ferdows Garden and Cinema Museum, Shahr Theater, Saei Park, African and Esteghlal cinemas and Quds and Tehran Marble Palace are located on Valiasr Street in Tehran.
Valiasr Street starts from the railway square in the south of Tehran and reaches Tajrish Square in the north of Tehran. This street intersects with many of Tehran’s main thoroughfares and is therefore one of the capital’s main thoroughfares. If you are planning to go from Imamzadeh Saleh to Valiasr Street, it is better to use public transportation or private car or get ready for a relatively long walk. The location of Valiasr Street is on the map at the bottom.
Valiasr Street on Google Map
Saadabad Palace is a treasure trove of contemporary Iranian history. In the Pahlavi era, Saadabad Palace was the center of government; But now it is used as a museum. In the area of Saad Abad, 18 small and large buildings have been built, some of which date back to the Qajar period. Shams Al-Amara is one of the most famous buildings of Saad Abad Palace.
The distance from Saad Abad Palace to Saleh Shrine is about 2 km and you can walk this route in 20 to 30 minutes. But there is also a car route between these two tourist places in Tehran. Saad Abad Palace has two doors; Saffron door, which is closer to Saleh Imamzadeh and near it, a better parking space can be found. The second door is also located in Darband Square. Saad Abad Palace is located in Zafaranieh, Taheri St., Alborzkooh St.
Saadabad Palace on Google Map
Garden of the Museum of Iranian Art
The gardens of Tehran museums narrate the history of Iran, especially during the Qajar and Pahlavi eras. The garden of the Museum of Iranian Art, like other gardens in Tehran, has a mansion that depicts the unique art of Iranian architecture. The mansion is located in the middle of a one-hectare garden. The garden of the Museum of Iranian Art is not as big as other gardens in Tehran; But it has as many tourist attractions as they do. Models of Iranian historical monuments, galleries, museums and coffee shops of the Iranian Art Garden are among its tourist attractions.
The garden of the Museum of Iranian Art is located in Tajrish Square, Darbandi St., Dr. Hesabi St., No. 30. The distance from this garden to Saleh Imamzadeh is 1.5 km and you can reach it by a short walk. You can see the garden location of the Museum of Iranian Art below.
Garden of the Museum of Iranian Art on Google Map
Where is Imamzadeh Saleh?
So far, we have provided a comprehensive tourist guide about Saleh Tajrish Shrine and the surrounding scenic areas. The only thing you do not know about the Imamzadeh now is its exact address and location.
Imamzadeh Saleh is located at the end of Valiasr Street and the southeast side of Tajrish Square. For this reason, this shrine can be accessed from different parts of Tehran. At the bottom of the location you can see this holy place on the map.
What is the access path to the shrine?
Imamzadeh Saleh is located near the BRT metro, taxi and bus station. Tajrish is one of the busiest areas of Tehran and for this reason, tourists prefer to use public transportation to visit the tourist attractions of this area. Of course, there are multi-storey car parks in Tajrish and the surrounding passages, and if you do not have a problem with the crowded streets, you can go to this area by car. Do not forget to pay attention to the plan of couples and individuals!
If you plan to use the subway, you have to get to line one. The last station of line one is Tajrish Square. To find the best metro route, you can use Alibaba Tehran metro map. After reaching Tajrish station, exit the southern exit of the station and go to Tajrish Square on Shahrdari Street. After a few minutes, you will reach the Imamzadeh for a short walk.
BRT Rail-Tajrish buses also pass near the Imamzadeh and are another access route. After reaching Tajrish Square, go to the southwest side and reach the Imamzadeh. Tajrish Square taxi station has access to different areas of Tehran; Tajrish taxi lines to Azadi Square and… are ready to transport passengers.
Imamzadeh Saleh; Both fortune-telling and watching
If you have enough time and move from the middle of Valiasr Street to Tajrish to finally reach Imamzadeh Saleh, you will spend one of your most attractive days in Tehran. Because there are all kinds of attractions you can think of in this area; From a variety of restaurants, fast food and cafes to historical and religious buildings and commercial places. Even the vendors that have been set up near Tajrish Square are among the attractions that you can only find in Iran!
In this article, we have provided a comprehensive tourist guide to Saleh Shrine and the sights around it so that you can plan a visit to the Tajrish area.