Mashhad is a city located in the northeast of
Iran, the center and capital of Razavi Khorasan Province and the second largest
populated city after Tehran. Mashhad was chosen as Iran's Capital during the
reign of Nader Shah Afshar. The city features a temperate and variable climate.
Spectacular places in mashhad.
1- Holy Shrine
of Imam Reza
mausoleum of Ali ibn Musa Al Reza is situated in Mashhad. The complex is a city
in itself and visitors are frisked by security at all gates.. Apart from its
religious significance, the complex is an architectural masterpiece decorated
with intricate tiles, calligraphy, beautiful courtyards and porches. The
complex also houses a museum, library and the very beautiful Masjid-e-Gohar
Shaad of the Timurid period. Photography is not permitted within the complex.
The tomb of Ferdowsi is in Tus. The Tus area was
built during the mythological period by an Iranian hero named Tus, and the
great epic poet of Iran was also buried in the same area. The tomb was
inaugurated during the Ferdowsi’s Millennium celebrations in 1934. Ferdowsi's
tomb was designed by Houshang Seyhoun in 1969 and sculptures depicting some of
Shahnameh’s stories were sculptured on its walls by the best stonemasons. This
tomb was built and designed after the tomb of Cyrus.
3- Kooh Sangi
Kooh sangi is one of the oldest and most memorable
sights of Mashhad that it is so called due to two rocky mountain overlooking
the city. This place is ranked as the third most visited place by tourists
after Imam Reza holy shrine and Ferdowsi’s tomb. The creation of an artificial
lake and an island for birds has attracted a large number of tourists. This
park has been recently developed and expanded. It is the largest recreation
center in Mashhad after Mellat Park.
4- Vakil Abad
This large naturally formed forest is the oldest
in the city. It has an area of over 70 hectares and belonged to Hajj Hossain
Malek (Vakil-Al-Roayah) who donated this land to the city in 1968. Some of the
most beautiful features of this park are its tall plane and pine trees and a
river that passes through it. Today, by creating paths and beautiful
landscaping in this forest, it has become an integral part of the identity of
the city and many people visit it for picnicking, strolling, and simply
enjoying the natural scenery. Artists also like to paint the scenery and in the
winter, families, especial children come to this forest to playing in the snow.
As a result there are plans to expand the forest and create more facilities.
5- Mellat Grand
This park was established in 1967 on Vakilabad
Blvd. on over 72 hectares of land. It is one of the main and largest recreation
centers of Mashhad. The park has various facilities such as playgrounds for
football, volleyball, skating, pools, jogging, aerobic, and playgrounds. One
the major features of the park is the amusement park with new facilities. In
addition, the existence of Imam Reza (pbuh) Cultural-Art Complex in this park
adds to its cultural value. Interestingly, the park attracts many people of all
ages from sunrise and well into the night. About 4 hectares of Mellat park has been designated
for its amusement park.
This park has a variety of facilities for the
entertainment of all ages. Roller coasters, the largest gyro swing in Iran, a
train, and a new ferris wheel that is the third largest after its London and
Italian counter parts with a height of 80 meters, 260 tons and 56 cabins with
the capacity of 448 passengers. The Haram can be seen from this ferris wheel.
Torghabeh countryside covers 1600 km2 of land.
This area has a long history alongside of Mashhad and Toos Plain. Because of
its natural beauty, it has always been considered a lovely promenade for
nature-lovers. It has a cool dry climate, even in the summer and since it has a
high altitude, it has more rain than Mashhad. Its features are very similar to
Shandeez in that it is famous for its mild climate, traditional garden style
restaurants, kababs, natural beauty, summer fruit, and local handicraft and
souvenir shops. Although it has fared much better than Shandeez during the long
regional drought that this area has been recently plagued with.
of Shandiz is located in the northern slopes of the Binalood heights. The city
features a temperate climate, vast gardens and spectacular natural landscapes
and is considered as one of the major tourist attractions of Mashhad. Many
tourists and pilgrims visiting Mashhad hardly ever leave without visiting this
area at least once. The mild climate, wonderful traditional garden restaurants,
and handicraft and food shops are a major appeal for people, not to mention the
many creeks and valleys that help make the region beautiful and attractive to
symbol is a 2700-year-old plantain tree. Cherry is the main orchard product of
this city. The famous food of Shandiz is 6-pieces grilled lamb called Shishlik
which is very delicious. The recreation centers of this resort are as follows:
Forest Park, Golestan tourist complex, Padideh Shandiz restaurant complex,
Abardeh ski resort, motorcycle resort, gardens and beautiful landscapes.
8- Haft Hoze Natural
Haft hoze is located 7 km to the southeast of the
city, on the Mashhad-Moghan Road. Haft Hoze means seven pools and is a natural
attraction with beautiful scenery covering an area of 570 hectares. The name of
this park is due the natural pools that have been created over the centuries by
rainfall collecting in the holes of the rocks. At first it was a small pool of
water that emptied into another rock hole with this process continuing until
seven pools were formed. There are lots of small and large pools in this area
because of the nature of this region and structure of its rocks.
Today, by building paths and increasing its
landscaping, it has become easy to stroll through the park and enjoy its
9- Astan-e Quds
This museum was constructed in the outer courtyard
of Imam Reza’s shrine in 1945. The museum dates back to forty years. After the
establishment of the Islamic Republic regime, the museum has been developed and
expanded. Some of the known museums located separately in different buildings
near each other are as follows:
Museum of Qur'an and Precious Objects
specialized Museum of Carpets
Museum of the History of Mashhad
Museum of Coins and Medals
Museum of Stamps and Banknotes
Museum of pottery and glassware
Museum of Armaments
Museum of Astronomical Tools and Clocks
Museum of Shellfishes and Mollusks
Museum of fine arts