Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine (Shiraz) | Ali Ibn Hamza Mausoleum

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Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine (Shiraz) | Ali Ibn Hamza Mausoleum

If religious culture is what interests you, then Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine (also known as Imamzadeh Ali Ebn-e Hamze) is my first recommendation. Built in Shiraz in the 10th century to honor a noble descendant of the prophet of Islam, it is now a popular praying retreat for Muslims. Its peaceful ambiance, lovely architecture, and welcoming attitude of its caretakers toward any kind of visitors have made Ali Ibn Hamza Mausoleum a perfect place for non-Muslims to get to know Islam firsthand.

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Ali Ibn Hamza Mausoleum – tourists in Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine

Why Visit Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine?

  • It is the most tourist-friendly religious center in Shiraz Attractions
  • The peace you can feel at the shrine makes it a pleasant sanctuary
  • Its gorgeous Islamic architecture is well worth the visit
  • It is the best place for being educated on Islam
  • The open-minded attitude of the experts makes you comfortable enough to satisfy all your curiosities concerning Islam
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Ali Ibn Hamza Mausoleum – Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine photo

The Story of Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine

After the Islamic conquest of Persia, Iranians gradually favored the Shia division of Islam which was contrary to the branch of Islam believed by the rulers. That’s why the rulers saw the supporters of Shia Imams as threats that had to be persecuted or killed. So, when Emir Ali Ibn Hamzeh (8th century) was passing Shiraz on his journey to Khorasan to help his nephew the 8th Imam of Shia, the agents of the governor of Shiraz attacked and injured him.

For years, he lived in a cave now called Baba Kuhi and worked in the city in obscurity until the agents of the government identified and martyred him. A shrine was built over his tomb at the Daylamites period and then was repeatedly renovated in the Timurid, Safavid and Zand periods. The previous structures destroyed by earthquakes, the present shrine was built in the 19th century during Qajar period.

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Night view of Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holy Shrine photo

Ali Ibn Hamza Mausoleum – How the Holy Shrine Looks

One of the attractions of the shrine is its lovely architecture. The first thing that attracts you to the holy shrine is its entrance. Conventionally decorated, it features tileworks with geometric designs on the sides and muqarnas work on its ceiling. The shrine is relatively small, with a courtyard garden centered with a pool and carpeted with tomb stones. The yard features a Shirazi dome dating back to 10th century, a pair of minarets, series of Riwaq (arcades), Orsi (stained-glass windows) and intricately carved wooden doors. The interior is dazzling with Āina-kāri (Iranian mirror work) covering the walls and the domed ceiling. You can also find beautiful calligraphic inscriptions on the walls.

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Entry Rules

Though there are some certain rules for entry, Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holy Shrine has more flexible rules than other religious places in Iran. The friendly caretakers are very welcoming of all kinds of visitors. Photography is allowed and although there are separate sections for men and women in the interior, they sometimes make exceptions for foreign visitors. Wearing an Islamic veil is a must for women and they are supplied with one at the entrance.

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tourists wearing Hijab

Things to Do in Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine

No other Islamic center in Shiraz is as open to tourists as is this peaceful shrine. You are allowed to visit at any time of the day, whether during the congregational prayers or when there are only a few people enjoying their spiritual experience in peace and quiet. You can find English-speaking clergies there who are willing to answer any questions concerning Islam. Witnessing rituals like Wudu (the pre-prayer cleansing) or attending religious ceremonies like Qadr Night, birthday celebrations for the imams and Muharram Mourning ceremonies are of the possible enlightening experiences in the shrine.

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Muslims praying together
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More About Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine

Visit Hours

7 a.m. to sunset

Visit Days

Every day

Best Time to Visit


The Nearby Attractions

You can check out other charming sights near the holy shrine. They include every Iranian’s beloved place, Tomb of Hafez, the popular Qur’an Gate, the historical Jahan Nama Garden, and the lovely tomb of Khaju Kermani.

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Zahra Soltani
Content Manager, International Relations Manager

To Zahra, introducing the beauties of Iran is a delight and an inherent mission! Beyond that, arts, culture, literature, mythology, and all the astonishing secrets of our marvelous universe set her soul on fire! This is what makes Zahra a filmophile, an insatiable reader, and a passionate writer.

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