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The shrine by night

The shrine by night

Mashad, Iran

Mashad, burial place of the 8th Imam, Reza, is the holiest place in Iran. He is the only one of the 12 Imams buried in Iran and pilgrims from every corner of the Shi'a world visit his tomb in their tens of thousands. The actual shrine lies under the golden dome shown, but the complex is massive and much of it is accessible to non-Muslims.