You’ll find the horse image repeated here, where rugs range from beautiful classics through to garish coral gardens and a Tabriz-made...
The streets surrounding the Haram’s various entrances are full of tourist trinket sellers but also a selection of real markets. This...
Mehdi Gholibek Hamam
In the shadow of the mosque squats one of Iran’s most interesting and spacious bathhouse museums. The main delight is the wonderful...
Jahan Hotel Restaurant
Kababs, schnitzels or trout (US$4) come with truly phenomenal views across the Haram, making lunchtime dining here a must. Enter via the...
Main Museum information
Bequests and donations from the faithful fill the Haram’s fascinatingly eclectic museums. The Main Museum kicks off with chunks of now-superseded shrine decor interspersed with contemporary sporting medals presented by pious athletes, while the basement stamp collection includes a 1983 commemorative featuring the ‘Takeover of the US Spy Den’. The 1st-floor Visual Arts Gallery offers you the opportunity to shower money (or hats) down onto the top of the Holy Shrine’s fourth zarih tomb encasement (replaced in 2001). Amid seashells and naturalist landscape-paintings of Surrey, notice Mahmood Farshchian’s modern classic Afternoon of Ashura . It’s a grief-stricken depiction of Imam Hossein’s horse returning empty to camp after the Imam’s martyrdom.