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A short tour to Omar Khayyam's mausoleum in Iran's city of Neishabour

An official from Neishabour Cultural Heritage Department, Mohammad-Ismail Etemadi, said on Wednesday that over 300,000 tourists, including 400 foreigners, visited the mausoleum of the prominent Iranian scholar Omar Khayyam during the last Iranian year (ended March 20), IRNA reported from Neishabour, Khorassan province.

He added that in the first quarter of the current Iranian year, some 300 foreign tourists visited the site and the number of visitors have increased twelve times compared to the figure for the same period last year.

The ancient city of Neishabour, a hub of Iranian culture and civilization throughout history, is located on the southern foothills of Binaloud mountain range and is known for its inlaid pen holders.

The city has been inhabited by unique men of science and literature in the past, while today it is home to the mausoleums of prominent scholars, each of whom have added a few golden pages to the voluminous book of Iran's long history.

The great sage, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and poet of the 11th-12th centuries, Abolfath Omar ibn-Ibrahim Khayyami, known as Khayyam Neishabouri, is one of the most outstanding figures who passed away in Neishabour.

His mausoleum is located four kms to the southeast of Neishabour in a green garden in Heireh graveyard, next to that of Imamzadeh Mohammad Mahrouq's.

A monument, which was erected on Khayyam's tomb at an unknown date, was worn out through passage of time and finally collapsed in the 17th century.

Khayyam's remains was transferred to the present mausoleum on May 18, 1962, which was designed by Engineer Houshang Seyhoon and constructed by a foreign contractor.

The city of Neishabour with a population of over half a million, is located 120 kms to the southwest of the provincial capital of Mashhad.

Khayyam's mausoleum is a latticework and both its interior and exterior is decorated with his quatrains inscribed as inlaid tileworks.

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