Welcome to Mashhad
Mashhad is the second most populous city in Iran and is considered the country’s religious capital. It hosts the holy Shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam, which draws millions of pilgrims to the city each year.
The magnificent shrine complex will certainly catch your attention when visiting the city center. Numerous museums within the complex host a variety of valuable exhibits, ranging from Islamic manuscripts to Iranian weapons from different eras. But it is not only the religious sites that have made Mashhad a tourist magnet all year round.
Mashhad is a historically important city on the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road which linked Asia and Europe through Persia. Today, the city’s modern shopping centers and of course its traditional bazaar make it a shopper’s paradise. Mashhad is also famous for its hand-knitted carpets and saffron, the world’s most expensive spice.