Holy Shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh (A)
Holy Shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh (A) Iran’s second holiest site after that of her brother’s, Imam Reza (A), a magnificent shrine dominating the skyline of Qom built by the Safavids and the later Qajars who covered the dome with gold-plated tiles.
The streets of Qom are full of animation, and the shops (and particularly the stalls around the Holy Shrine) do a flourishing trade in religious objects, particularly its bazaar is very active every day but Friday. Here, like in Mashhad, the main attraction for tourists, rather than decoration or architecture, lies in the behavior of the crowd of humble pilgrims for whom the journey is the achievement of the dream of a whole life, that of the dignified mullahs with their black and white turbans and fine linen clothes, that finally of small merchants
who sell thousands of candles and prayer-beads, prayer-rugs and small tablets of compressed earth (mohr) used in Muslim prayers, colored earthenware animals, piles of pomegranates and delicious local sweets, particularly sohan One sweet you must try is the almost sinfully delicious pistachio-brittle known as sohan, which is produced locally and is available in almost any main street of the town. Not sickly sweet like so much Iranian confectionery, sohan, becomes an obsession once you’ve tasted it.If you have planned to buy a carpet in Iran, remember that the best and finest silk carpets are woven here in Qom. Samples of such carpets are kept in the town’s museum, shrines of Safavid king, and the Holy Sanctuary. Use an Iranian friend as your advisor to see that everything goes on in your interest.