National Geographic : 1939 Sep
GILDED DOMES AGAINST AN AZURE SKY © National Geographic Society IKoaacnrome by stepnen it. iNyman COPPER OVERLAID WITH GOLD ENCASES DOME AND MINARET OF IMAM RIZA SHRINE From a base of alabaster rise the walls and portals of multicolored tiles in the Holy City of Meshed. Each year 100,000 Shia Moslem pilgrims from all parts of Iran (formerly Persia) kneel at the tomb of their spiritual leader, who died a thousand years ago. He was a martyr, they believe, who was poisoned when he was about to become caliph, or ruler. Also buried here is Harun-al-Rashid, hero of the Arabian Nights.