Imam Khomeini Mosque


Still popularly known as the Shah Mosque, this handsome early-18th-century complex is looking all the better for recent interior restoration. One of the city's largest and busiest mosques, it is surrounded by the Grand Bazaar: there are various entrances, but the main one is off Panzdah-e Khordad St, which takes you directly into the large courtyard with large central pool for the faithful to make their before-prayer ablutions.

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1. Grand Bazaar

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2. Imamzadeh Zeid

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Weave your way through the bazaar to find this ornately decorated shrine to a descendant of the prophet.

3. Golestan Palace

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4. Dar ul-Funun

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5. Imam Khomeini Sq

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Ringed by perpetually seething traffic, Imam Khomeini Sq is not a place to linger. Little of the grandeur of the Qajar era remains here, although there is…

6. Tejarat Bank

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7. Park-e Shahr

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8. Portal of Bagh-e Meli

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