Imam Reza Holy Shrine : Mashhad is the capital of Khorasan province in the North East of Iran, 892 km away from Tehran. It is located at the altitude of 985 Meter occupying an area of 204 sq. Km. and has a population of about 1.5 million. Mashhad grew from a small village called Sanabad, 24 km away from Tus. After the martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Musa Al-Ridha and his burial there in 203 AH, the place came to be known as Mashhad Al-Ridha. Astan-Qods-Razavi (the name given to the physical buildings comprising the Haram) is one of the most beautiful and glorious religious places in Iran. The best of Islamic art and architecture can be seen in the unique and significant monuments where Islamic art and faith is embedded.
Imam Reza Holy Shrine
The Imam Reza Shrine Complex was developed on the site of the eighth Imam’s grave, in what was at the time of his death in 817 the small village of Sanabad. In the tenth century the town acquired the name Mashhad, ‘Place of Martyrdom’ (used for any burial place of a Muslim martyr), and became the most sacred site in Persia.
Although the earliest dated structure bears an inscription from the early fifteenth century, historical references indicate buildings on the site prior to the Seljuk period, and a dome by the early thirteenth century.
Following periods of alternating destruction and reconstruction, including the sporadic interest of Seljuk and Il-Khan Sultans, the largest period of construction took place under the Timurids and Safavids. The site received substantial royal patronage from the son of Timur, Shah Rukh, and his wife Gawhar Shad and the Safavid Shahs Tahmasp, Abbas and Nader Shah.
Best time to travel to Mashhad by weather
Mashhad city has a variable climate due to its geographical location, but in general it is temperate and wanting to be cold and dry. The winters of this city are very cold and of course humid and have dry and hot summers. The average temperature in summer is 43 degrees and in winter it reaches -20 degrees and it is not bad to know that Mashhad has cold and harsh winters. Accordingly, the most suitable time to travel to this city is the end of spring and the beginning of autumn, where the climate is temperate and the city is also solitary.
A memorable stay in Hotels in Mashhad
One of the most important things in traveling to any destination is accommodation and living during the journey. Mashhad city due to many tourists and travelers who travel to this city in all seasons, residences, hotels, inns and hotels have several apartments that we are going to introduce to you in the guide to travel to Mashhad in different categories based on hotel stars.