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QOM. A small provincial town south of Tehran, Qom (or Qum) is the site of Hazrat-i Ma'sumah, the shrine of Fatimah, sister of the eight Imam, the second most important Shi'i shrine in Iran, and the leading center of Shi'i theological seminaries in Iran. The gold-domed shrine and its spacious New or Atabegi Courtyard are filled daily with pilgrims. Entry to the shrine is through a mirrored portal from the Atabegi Courtyard, built in 1883, along the sides of which are graves of nobles and minister ...more

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