Bayazid Historical Complex

sights / Other

Lonely Planet review

Ancient Bastam is now a modest village 7km from Shahrud. It’s centred on the quietly photogenic Bayazid Historical Complex , 300m off the main Shahrud–Azad Shahr road up Taleqani Blvd. This collection of mostly 13th-century blue-tiled buildings surrounds the simple grave of Bayazid Bastami (AD 804–874), a philosopher nicknamed ‘Sultan of gnostics’ who fused Muslim, Mithraic and Zoroastrian ideas in formulating a poetic form of Sufism. Behind the grave, Imamzadeh Mohammad has an attractive almost Art Nouveau floral interior. The associated Bayazid mosque has a remarkable grey mihrab, glass-protected carved wooden doors and timber pillars supporting a fine log ceiling.