Qom – The Stronghold of Shia

Qom has been in constant occupation since the 5th millennium BC with its present status going back to the beginning of the Safavid rule when Qom became an important center of Shia theology, and it is currently Iran’s second major pilgrimage site being the burial place of Hazrat Masoumeh (A). The main highlights include:

Holy Shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh (A) Holy Shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh (A) Iran’s second holiest site after that of her brother’s, Imam Reza (A), a magnificent shrine dominating the skyline of Qom built by the Safavids and the later Qajars who covered the dome with gold-plated tiles.