Fatima Masumeh Shrine
After Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad, Fatima Masumeh shrine-Qom is the second holy shrine of Iran. In fact, Fatima is the sister of Imam Reza, the 8th imam of Shia Twelvers. The magnificent 270 kilogram gold dome and surrounding minarets are the main features of the place.
Even if you are not among the Muslim people, the relaxing and spiritual atmosphere of the environment is unique and worth to visit at least once. Since the number of non-Muslims are not huge, ask for an English speaking tour guide. It’s free and he/she accompanies you during your visit.
Location of Fatima Masoumeh Shrine
Fatima Masoumeh Shrine is located right in the center of Qom. You can find this shrine in Zaer Boulevard.
Entrance fee of Fatima Masoumeh Shrine
It’s free. For foreign non-Muslim travelers, an English tour guide is available there.
Opening hours of Fatima Masoumeh Shrine
Doors are open to pilgrims for 24 hours throughout the year.
Fatima Masoumeh Shrine Architecture
There are 3 domes in Fatima Masoumeh Shrine that were built at different times. Their names are The Old Dome, The New Dome (Atabaki Dome), and Saheb Al-Zaman Dome.
The Old Dome is in the northern part of the shrine. It gives a magnificent sight to the shrine with its four beautiful verandas. The New Dome (Atabaki Dome) is another eye-catching part of the shrine with four northern, eastern, western, and southern verandas that each lead to a separate entrance. The special architecture of the verandas took about 8 years to complete. The construction of the newest dome, Saheb Al-Zaman Dome, was started in 2002 and finished in 2005. The surrounding walls of this dome are decorated with brick and white cement Quran inscriptions. The minarets in the two sides of the golden dome and other parts of the shrine have added to the beauty you recognize when you enter. There are carvings of holy names of God or Prophet Muhammad and other words in Kofi language on the minarets.
Tips to follow:
– Try to reach the shrine early in the morning to avoid the warming weather of the city at noon.
– Travel to Qom (from Tehran) by train if you are looking for an economic option. 4 trains are available everyday to reserve. (Ask us for train ticket. We are fully licensed in operating Iran tours and travel services).
– Wearing chador is mandatory for female travelers