Qum

(145 km from Tehran)
Located to the south of Tehran. The foundation of the city is
attributed to BAHRAM V, and was called Gur, (420- 439 A.D.).
After the defeat of the Sassanian dynasty by Muslim Arabs,
the people living in this region converted to Islam. From then
on the Islamic architecture began to develop in Qom.Due to the
shrine of her holiness Ma’sumeh (816 A.D.), the sister of Imam
Reza,the Eighth Imam of the Shiites, it is of a great religious
significance, attracting considerable numbers of pilgrims