Get Ready to Discover Marvelous Persian Architecture in Mashhad, Iran

Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad, Iran.
Imam Reza Shrine. Image via crobackpacker/depositphotos

Iran is probably one of the countries you desperately want to visit if you have a passion for Persian architecture. If that’s the case, Mashhad should be one of the first places on your bucket list, and here are some of the most beautiful buildings you’ll discover in Iran’s second-most-populous city.

Imam Reza Shrine

The first historic landmark that comes to mind when someone mentions Mashhad, this complex serves as the mausoleum of Imam Reza and numerous prominent Iranian clerics and scholars. The Goharshad Mosque, known for its ornate façade, intricate mosaics, and impressive minarets is also contained within this complex, together with the museum, library, and other buildings.

Tomb of Khajeh Rabie

Many tombs scattered around Mashhad stand out as great examples of Persian architecture thanks to their beauty and attention to detail. This intricately decorated turquoise-domed mausoleum built in the 16th century is just one of them.

Daroogheh Historical House

Located in the close proximity to Imam Reza Shrine, Daroogheh Historical House is one of Mashhad’s most whimsical and dreamlike places. The traditional style of Iranian historical houses is still present on its grounds after it went through extensive renovations over the years.