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Religious

Religious

  • Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians are the most significant religious minorities. Christians are the largest group, Orthodox Armenians constituting the bulk. The Assyrians are Nestorian, Protestant, and Roman Catholic, as are a few converts from other ethnic groups. The Zoroastrians are largely concentrated in Yazd in central Iran, Kermān in the southeast, and Tehrān.
  • These religious minorities are spread all over the country; they practice their own rituals and add to the beauty of this country living in peace and harmony with the Islamic majority. All these different religious groups’ have permanent representatives in House of Parlament.
  • Pilgrimage Tour in Iran is one of the most specialized trips which allow the tourists and pilgrims to get in touch with the spiritual aspect of the country. The popular Pilgrimage Tour in Iran takes the people through various holy sites which are considered holy by followers of Islam. Most of the cities included in the Iran Pilgrimage Tour are Tehran (the capital of Iran), Qom and Mashad. These three cities are the most important pilgrimage center in the country but there are different numbers of holy shrines, mausoleum, mosques and tombs of different Jewish prophets all over the country.
  • Mashhad 
  • Mashhad is the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world. It is also the only major Iranian city with an Arabic name. Mashhad attracts more than 20 million tourists and pilgrims every year, many of whom come to pay homage to the Imam Reza shrine (the eighth Shi'ite Imam). It has been a magnet for travelers since medieval times.  It is thought that over 20 million Muslims a year make the pilgrimage to this city.
  • Qom
  • Qom is considered holy by Shi`a Islam, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatema Mæ'sume, sister of Imam `Ali ibn Musa Rida (Persian Imam Reza, 789–816 AD). The city is the largest center for Shi'a scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination of pilgrimage.
  • Shah-e Cheragh Holy Shrine (Shiraz)
  • A place of pilgrimage but also worth visiting for its unbelievable mirror work, it contains the tomb of the brother of Imam Reza (PBUH) who died in the 8th century. The first construction of it is attributed to Atabak Sa'ad Ebn-e-Zangi. In the 8th century AH it was repaired and developed by the mother of Ishaq Injoo. In the early 10th century AH, it was again repaired. But late in the century, an earthquake ruined it so it underwent renovation once more. In the year 1243 AH, during the reign of Fathali Shah Qajar, some sections were added to it. In the year 1958 its dome was reconstructed. This shrine is one of the most famed places of pilgrimage for the followers of the Shiite sect in Iran and in the world.
  • Religions minorities live In Iran, like Sunni, Zoroastrians, Armenians and Jewish that, have shrines & religious holly places some of them are;
  • Heighoogh e Nabbi' Tomb (Toyserkan)
  • The tomb is located near the city of Towiserkan and is related to the 7th century AH. Habaqooq Nabi was one of the prophets of the Israelites, the keeper of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem. This structure is tower-like and made of brick. Externally the dome is a cone shaped one, but internally it is spherical. In its facade, this octagonal structure has shallow arches with tile work on the top. Between these arches are plain panels. The tomb is in the center of the structure.
  • Dāniel Tomb (Susa)
  • The Tomb of Daniel is the traditional burial place of the biblical prophet Daniel. Various locations have been named for the site, but the tomb in Susa, Iran, is the most widely accepted, it being first mentioned by Benjamin of Tudela, who visited Asia between 1160 and 1163.
  • Qare Kelisa church (Maku)
  • This church is situated in the village of Qare Kelisa, district of Siyah Cheshmeh, Maku. It is the tomb of the sacred Thaddeus. According to historical records of the Sassanian period, some of the Armenians were the followers of prophet Zoroaster, whereas some were sun worshipers. In the year 43 AD. two men by the name of Tatavoos and Batholemus preached on Christianity in the vicinity of Azarbayjan, thereby gaining number of followers (3500 people ) including the daughter of the monarch of the time. In order to stop the advancement of Christianity, the Armenian ruler ordered for their massacre in the year 66 AD. It is said that their bodies were buried in the vicinity of this church.
  • Armenian Monastic Ensemble of Iran 
  • It consists of three monastic ensembles of the Armenian Christian faith: St Thaddeus and St Stepanos and the Chapel of Dzordzor. These edifices - the oldest of which, St Thaddeus, dates back to the 7th century – are examples of outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions. They bear testimony to very important interchanges with the other regional cultures, in particular the Byzantine, Orthodox and Persian. Situated on the south-eastern fringe of the main zone of the Armenian cultural space, the monasteries constituted a major centre for the dissemination of that culture in the region. They are the last regional remains of this culture that are still in a satisfactory state of integrity and authenticity. Furthermore, as places of pilgrimage, the monastic ensembles are living witnesses of Armenian religious traditions through the centuries.

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