Sunday, June 1, 2008

Emam Reza Shrine

Emam Reza Shrine (the golden building) is the most important place in Mashhad (also the oldest, since 1200 years ago). Each year between 15 to 20 million people travel to Mashhad to visit this holy shrine. It is really a mega-tourism site. The name of Mashhad comes back to Emam Reza, one of the Prophet Mohammad's grand sons. Mashhad means the place of death, which refers to the place which Emam Reza was killed. There is a very big underground intersection (with several parkings) under the shrine. I was going down with my car when I took this photo.