Passing through the entranceway you arrive in a spacious courtyard, with a central pool. The complex consists of two parts. On the right is the entrance to a spacious chamber, or 'Husseiniya', which is used to stage the re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala in which Muhammad's grandson, Hussein, was slain along with his followers, and which in turn gave the most important impetus to the establishment of Shi'ism. To the left of this is the actual shrine, below the dome.

The Shrine is notable for its wealth of religious iconography. Above the entrance to the Husseiniya there is an inscription supported by two angels, while the shrine itself has paintings of Muhammad's Son-in-Law, 'Ali, along with paintings of Dervishes and more angels.

More naturalism is also evident above the doorway where there is a fine pair of peacocks and this is enhanced by the delicate arabesques and floral patterns which cover every part of the main entrance. The large pair of panels on either side of the doorway is particularly noteworthy.


Last Updated: 24 April, 1999