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Photos: The tomb of revered Persian poet Ferdowsi

Photos by Mohammad Hossein Taaghi, Islamic Republic News Agency

The tomb of Iranian poet Ferdowsi, located in the town of Tous in northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan Razavi, is a favorite destination during new year holidays.

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Hakim Abul-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi, commonly known as Ferdowsi (940 - 1020 CE), was a highly revered Persian poet. He is the author of the Shahnameh, the national epic of Iran and the Persian-speaking world.

Read more about Ferdowsi on Iranica

The Shahnameh was originally composed by Ferdowsi for the princes of the Samanid dynasty, who were responsible for a revival of Persian cultural traditions after the Arab invasion of Persia in the seventh century. After the fall of the Samanids, he dedicated his work to the new ruler, Mahmud of Ghazni, who was also a great patron of Persian arts and literature.

The Shahnameh Project, Cambridge University

The Shahnameh chronicles the legendary history of the pre-Islamic kings of Iran from Keyumars to Yazdegerd III. Ferdowsi spent over three decades (from 977 to 1010) working on the Shahnameh, which became one of the most influential works of Persian literature.

Ferdowsi was buried in his own garden. A Ghaznavid governor of Khorasan constructed a mausoleum over the grave and it became a revered site. The tomb, which had fallen into decay, was rebuilt between 1928 and 1934 on the orders of Reza Shah and has now become the equivalent of a national shrine.

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