Photos by Mohammad Akhlaghi, ISNA
Following photos are from a group of bikers from Norway touring the city of Qom in Iran. The bikers are visiting Qom as part of a "cultural dialogue" tour.
|Qom lies 156 kilometers by road southwest of Tehran and is the capital of Qom Province. It has an estimated population of 1,042,309 in 2005. It is situated on the banks of the Qom river. Qom is considered to be a holy city in Shi`a Islam, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatema Massume, sister of Imam Imam Reza (789-816 A.D.). The city is the largest center for Shi'a scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination of pilgrimage.|
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