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Americans, Slovaks at Imam Reza (AS) Shrine

Americans, Slovaks at Imam Reza (AS) ShrineAmericans, Slovaks at Imam Reza (AS) Shrine

A group of American and Slowak tourists visited Imam Reza Holy (AS) in Khorasan Razavi Province On Saturday.

The tourists were familiarized with the shrine, visited its museums, and received cultural packages.

During a visit to the carpet museum of the Astan Quds Razavi an American tourist, Maria Judina, shared her experience, IRNA reported, “Here we saw the grandeur and beauty of Iranian carpets which have a high standing in the world.” She also described the collection of stamps, bills, and ancient tools, as well as the shrine’s old pictures and profiles of its verandas and courtyards as attractions of the museums of the Astan Quds Razavi.

The Astan Quds Razavi is an autonomous charitable foundation in Mashhad, which manages the Imam Reza shrine and its various institutions.

“The tiles of the shrine are incomparable and the yellow and blue colors create serenity adding to the shrine’s magnificence. Also the Azan - the Islamic call to worship, by the muezzin is soothing, and the large groups of people praying together is so magnificent, that one cannot help but  be moved by it,” she said.

Judina added, “from the guides’ explanations, we learnt the holy shrine possesses a guesthouse, a library with enormous collection of ancient manuscripts, as well as several universities,” Such scale of amenities provided by a religious place is hardly found anywhere else in the world.”

A Slovakian tourist also described Imam Reza (AS) Shrine as the most beautiful religious place in Iran.

Martina Tirjinua said, “Before coming to Iran, I had never heard of Imam Reza (AS) - the eighth Imam of Shiites. However, after I came here, I saw the country brimming with signs and affection of people for the Imam.”

The main courtyard of the shrine, the architecture and the mirror work, are all splendid, she said, adding that Iran, besides being an ancient country, is one of the most important religious attractions of the world.