Travel Blogs from Qom
... 30 days and we would be committing a crime if we sold it
in Iran. (Iranian laws are not to really be played around with) So we
got anyone who offered to buy the car as we were travelling around to call the border guys and speak with them.
This freaked the border guys out a bit as they thought we were going to cut and run.
So we spent quite a few days of our trip to keeping in contact with them trying to reassure them that we wouldn't sell it.
Problem was that ...
We kept getting stopped by the police while driving around this region.
For Muslims this city is the equivalent of the Vatican city in the Catholic religion so is a very holy city and very conservative.
The Mosque / Shrine is not accessible by non Muslims but is ...
... of the mosque and the shrine was absolutely astounding, almost psychedelic. I would rank it as possibly the best architecture I have ever seen.... ever! Not so much in it's scale, but in its meticulousness and subtleties.
The mosque and the Sehen (courtyard) were adorned with intricate patterns, delicate calligraphy, and meticulously carved mosaics. We just stood there in awe looking at the place.
Later, we decided to ...
... the usual staring, it wasn't as noticeable as in the car.
We had a quick walk around the main square which had a mosque at each end, one of them containing a shrine to Fatimah, Imam Reza’s sister (who?) who died and was inferred here in the 9th century. At first we were refused entry to the shrine, as we were not muslim, but then we went round to a different entrance and spoke to a security guard who led us back to the original entrance where we were ...
... of the guys set up their camping mats in some shallow caves at the side of the river bed, although Adam had to do some home renovations with a sledge hammer before he was comfortable. We were expecting a good sunset as we were getting close to the southern deserts, but we were disappointed, although it was a pleasant evening once the wind died ...