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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 ...
If there is an intellectal and spiritual home of Iran's theocratic government then Qom is it.
Set up as a rival to the other Sh'ia seat of high religious though and practice in Najaf, Qom is Iran's Vatican City.
Undoubtedly, its main shrine to Fatimeh ...