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Mashhad (Persian: مشهد‎ ; About this sound listen (help·info)) is the second most populous city in Iran and capital of Razavi Khorasan Province. It is located in the northeast of the country, close to the borders of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. Its population is 3,131,586 . It was a major oasis along the ancient Silk Road connecting with Merv in the East. The city is most famous and revered for housing the tomb of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam. Every year, millions of pilgrims ...see more visit the Imam Reza shrine and pay their tributes to Imam Reza. Mashhad is also known as the city of Ferdowsi, the Iranian poet of Shahnameh, which is considered to be the national epic of Iran. The city is the hometown of some of the most significant Iranian literary figures and artists such as Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, the famous contemporary poet, and Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, the traditional Iranian singer and composer. Ferdowsi and Akhavan Sales are both buried in Tus, an ancient city that is considered to be the main origin of the current city of Mashhad. The city is located at 36.20º North latitude and 59.35º East longitude, in the valley of the Kashaf River near Turkmenistan, between the two mountain ranges of Binalood and Hezar-masjed. The city benefits from the proximity of the mountains, having cool winters, pleasant springs, mild summers, and beautiful autumns. It is only about 250 km (160 mi) from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The city is the administrative center of Mashhad County (or the Shahrestan of Mashhad) as well as the somewhat smaller district (Bakhsh) of Mashhad. The city itself, excluding parts of the surrounding Bakhsh and Shahrestan, is divided into 13 smaller administrative units, with a total population of more than 3 million. The vast majority of Mashhadi people are ethnic Persians, who form over 95% of the city's population. Other ethnic groups include Kurdish and Turkmen people who have emigrated recently to the city from the North Khorasan province. The people of Mashhad who look like Asians are of Turkmen or Hazara descent. Among the non-Iranians, there are immigrant population of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. The Afghan immigrants have several neighborhoods around the city. One of the districts inhabited by Afghan immigrants is Golshahr. There are also over 20 million pilgrims who visit the city every year. Reference: www.wikipedia.org

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Mashhad's Tourist attractions

Imam Reza shrine

Imam Reza shri...

Imām Reza shrine in Mashhad, Iran is a complex which contains the mausoleum of Imam Reza, the eighth Imām of Twelver Shi'ites. It is the largest mosque in the world by dimension and the second largest in capacity. Also contained within the complex include: the Goharshad Mosque, a museum...

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Moghan Cave

Moghan Cave

The Moghan Cave is located in the southern village of Moghan, 35 kilometers from Mashhad. Based on some evidence and exploration of the old snail fossils in the cave, it’s almost one hundred million years old. It’s located 2910 meters above sea level. The cave was discovered by Mashhad ...

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Haft hooz natural garden pond

Haft hooz natu...

Khalaj region is located next to Mashhad city - the capital of Khorasan Razavi province in northeastern of Iran. Khalaj region is known for its natural park called "Haft Hoz" which is a popular tourist excursion and also for its rocks which is the best climbing sites near to Mashhad. Th...

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Nadir Shah Mausoleum

Nadir Shah Mau...

It is located in a beautiful garden in the heart of the holy city of Mashhad. Nadir Shah Afshar's statue riding a horse and holding an axe in hand can be seen on the top of the tomb. There is a museum inside the tomb containing about 130 weapons, helmets and armors. The structure curre...

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Mellat Park Mashhad

Mellat Park Ma...

This amusement park is located in west of Mashhad and on the northwest side of Azadi Square; it is considered as the biggest park in Mashhad Township. This project was done by a joint venture between the private sector, the municipality and expert engineers. Its construction started in ...

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Vakil Abad, Mashhad

Vakil Abad, Ma...

Vakil Abad Park is an old beautiful resort in southwest of Mashhad located at the end of Vakil Abad Blvd. It had been at the center of attention for a long time due to its antiquity, pleasant weather and location in a beautiful valley. It has an area over 70 hectares with a natural gard...

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Goharshad Mosque

Goharshad Mosq...

Goharshad Mosque is one of the most famous mosques in Iran which is located in Razavi Khorasan province in the northeast of the country. The structure is located in the architectural complex of Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad.Its foundation is made of brick and plaster and is one of the mo...

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Mausoleum of Ferdowsi

Mausoleum of F...

The tomb of the great poet Abolqassem Ferdowsi, can be accounted for a place of ‘worship’ so to be called by the lovers of Farsi Literature. This renowned historical site has brought fame for the city of Toos. The construction of this tomb began in the year 1928 and work came to an end ...

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