Bayazid Bastami Tomb | Bastam, Semnan, Iran

The Simple Beauties of Sufism
Bayazid Bastami Tomb, Semnan, Iran
25 May

Bayazid Bastami Tomb | Bastam, Semnan, Iran

Bastam, an adorable little town in the northeast of Shahrood, Semnan Province, is one of Iran’s top mystical destinations. The city features a complex that includes the burial place of one of Iran’s greatest Sufi masters: Bayazid Bastami Tomb. With an inconsistent design that mostly belongs to the early 14th century, this tomb complex is probably the most important historical sight of the city. Like to find out more? Then stay with me.

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Hazrat Bayazid Bastami Tomb Photo

Why Visit Bayazid Bastami Tomb?

  • Bayazid Bastami Tomb is probably the most popular attraction of Bastam.
  • It can give you an insight into Persian Sufism.
  • The elegant simplicity of the place has created a peacefully pleasant atmosphere.
  • The special architecture of the tomb makes it worth a visit.

Who was Bayazid Bastami?

Persian culture is rich with mystical and Sufi philosophy and Bayazid Bastami is one of the masters of this philosophy. Known as the King of Gnostics, this 9th century Sufi master wandered around and led teaching circles. Despite his widespread fame, he chose a life of seclusion and renunciation of the world. After his death, he became an inspiration to a generation of Sufi philosophers. Bayazid Bastami had the mystical union with God as the core belief in his philosophy. Based on this philosophy, the unity of existence, the world is nothing but the will and manifestation of God. So, the mystic only sees God in everything. And any creature anywhere in the universe is a piece of God’s will and grandeur.

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The Decorations of Bayazid Bastami Tomb Photo

A Glance at Bayazid Bastami Tomb

When Bayazid passed away, his grave gradually gave its place to a monument. This popular monument went under constructions and expansions in different historical periods, especially during Ilkhanid period (late 13th to early 14th century).

In Bayazid Bastami Tomb, the first thing that will impress you is the simplicity and peace of the place. In fact, the lack of rich and extravagant decorations in the tomb is a reflection of Bayazid’s simple and mystical lifestyle. Right in front of the entrance, you’ll see the tomb: a beautiful and simple white marble decorated with the name of Bayazid. On the left, you’ll see a hallway with old photos that show the tomb in different historical periods.

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The Muqarnas decorations in Bayazid Bastami Complex photo

You can see the epitome of Ilkhanid architecture (1256-1335) in the Mihrab (prayer niche) of this complex. The Mihrab has different parts. On the first edge of it, you can see an inscription of some verses of Quran in Thuluth (a main form of Persian calligraphy). But the most impressive part of the Mihrab is the tilework that features flowers and hidden verses of Quran. Beside the main tomb, the complex includes other sections. Here are some of them:
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Hazrat Bayazid Bastami Tomb

Hazrat Bayazid Bastami Tomb – Bayazid Bastami Khanqah

To the west of Bayazid Bastami tomb, there are 2 small rooms known as Bayazid’s Khanqah (a place for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood). In each of these connected rooms, you can trace beautiful plasterwork and inscriptions in Arabic. These inscriptions are around the Mihrab of the first room and over the entrance of the second room.

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The roof of Bayazid Bastami Tomb

Ghazan Khan Tomb

In the historical complex, you can find the tower of a tomb where Ghazan Khan, a 13th century Ilkhanid ruler, is buried. This tomb features a conical dome and has a tower-like structure. If you stand in the courtyard of Bayazid Bastami tomb, you can see a turquoise dome that has presented the complex with a unique beauty.

In the southern side of the dome, you can enter the dome and enjoy a beautiful view. This place is now a museum of eastern mysticism. On the other hand, the eastern staircase leads you to the basement under the dome. Some believe Ghazan Khan built this place to move Bayazid’s body there, which he never did.

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The Islamic decorations at the complex photo 

More About Bayazid Bastami Tomb

Visit hours

24 hours

Visit Days

Every day except some public holidays

Attractions Near Bayazid Bastami Tomb

Bayazdi Bastami is the main attraction in Bastam, but it is not the only one. The 13th century Kashaneh Tower of Bastam is a historical tower that is 24 meters from inside and 20 meters from outside. Also, the 14th century Jameh Mosque of Bastam is an admirable place with brick decorations and delicate stucco. But if you crave for a pleasant adventure in nature, Shahroud’s Abr Forest (Clouds Forest) and the 40-million-year-old Hyrcanian Forests are the real treat of the region. When you are in Abr Forest, if you get lucky, an ocean of clouds will surround you.

Where to Eat Nearby

Bayazid Bastami Restaurant

Kandook Café Restaurant Food Center Adish

Like to Visit Bayazid Bastami Tomb and Complex?

Then hop on our Desert to Forest Hiking tour or our Forest to Desert Hiking tour.

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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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