the second most populous city
in Iran and
capital of Razavi Khorasan Province. It is located in
the northeast of the country, close to the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
It was a major oasis along the ancient Silk Road connecting
with Merv in
The city is most
famous and revered for housing the tomb of Imam Reza,
the eighth Shia Imam. Every year, millions of pilgrims visit the Imam Reza shrine and
pay their tributes to Imam Reza.
Mashhad is also known
as the city of Ferdowsi, the Iranian poet of Shahnameh,
which is considered to be the national epic of Iran.
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