Shrine of Imamzadeh Saleh
The shrine of Imamzadeh Sāleh (A), the sepulcher of the son of Imam Musa Kāzem (A), is located in the city of Tehrān (region of the same name). The original building was built in the fifth century of the lunar Hegira and in the Safavid and Qajaro periods parts were added to it.
This mausoleum, with an area of 3 thousand square meters, has a court, a Iwan, a portico, a mosque, one zarih (metal grating above the tomb), a dome and a courtyard that was once a public cemetery.
On the lower floor of the sanctuary there is a crypt where there is the most important stone sepulcher. It is said that the head of this Imāmzādeh is buried here while the body is resting in another mausoleum with a similar name in the city of Ardabil.
Until a few years ago, one of the most well-known ancient plane trees in Iran, whose antiquity was at least 800 years, was in the external area of this Imāmzādeh and in the works of foreign explorers, in addition to the mausoleum, also mentioned this tree .
The sanctuary area is also the tomb of famous people and some important figures of Iran; now it has only a cemetery in the basement with the name of portico Ma'sumieh; in the court are also buried the bodies of five soldiers unknown to the war imposed by Iraq to Iran and Majid Shahryāri, an assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist.
This mausoleum receives many pilgrims every day and every year on the fifth day of the eleventh month of the Islamic lunar calendar Dhu-l-qa-da, on the day of the commemoration of the Imam-shanh Sāleh, a ceremony is held here to commemorate it.
They say that in the distant past, due to the difficulty of transit in winter in the Tajrish route, the pilgrims brought salt with them and spread it along the way in order to open the way to the other visitors and from that time on also the salt has become the object of the charity offerings of this mausoleum such as bread, cheese, vegetables and dates: this tradition continues today.