Imamzadeh-ye Nur


This 12-sided brick tower dating from 1453 overlooks a pretty square in Gorgan’s most interesting area of old alleys. It's surprisingly modest given that it entombs Eshaq ben Musa, a lesser-known half-brother of Imam Reza. The stucco-relief mihrab has some old Kufic script.

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