A view from the bridge, which is built for the pedestrians to cross the busy roads below

A view from the bridge, which is built for the pedestrians to cross the busy roads below

Sadr Boulevard is to the right of the photo and to the opposite side lies the Zaer Boulevard

Sadr Boulevard is to the right of the photo and to the opposite side lies the Zaer Boulevard

The guy standing to the left is the taxi driver I took him from Tehran to bring me here (nearly same price as bus because he was delivering some packages in Qom)

The guy standing to the left is the taxi driver I took him from Tehran to bring me here (nearly same price as bus because he was delivering some packages in Qom)

This is one of the pedestrians bridges built over the busy roads

This is one of the pedestrians bridges built over the busy roads

This entry door to the Haram-e Masuma-e Qum  lies opposite to the pedestrians bridge

This entry door to the Haram-e Masuma-e Qum lies opposite to the pedestrians bridge

When I approached this door to enter, I was informed that I had to leave my camera bag behind

When I approached this door to enter, I was informed that I had to leave my camera bag behind

I deposited my bag at a special counter for safe keeping

I deposited my bag at a special counter for safe keeping

Visitors coming to visit the shrine of Fatimah bint Musa al-Kadhim, also known as Fatimah al-Masumah

Visitors coming to visit the shrine of Fatimah bint Musa al-Kadhim, also known as Fatimah al-Masumah

Men and women have separate entry doors - this one is reserved for men only

Men and women have separate entry doors - this one is reserved for men only

Motorcycles parked on side of the main road which passes beside the Fatimah Masumeh Shrine

Motorcycles parked on side of the main road which passes beside the Fatimah Masumeh Shrine

This is one of the few deposit kiosks (locally known as amantdari) used by the visitors to leave their bags

This is one of the few deposit kiosks (locally known as amantdari) used by the visitors to leave their bags

Qom is famous for its delicious Sohn sweet - Many shops sell this sweet around the shrine of Fatimah Masumeh

Qom is famous for its delicious Sohn sweet - Many shops sell this sweet around the shrine of Fatimah Masumeh

I bought one of these sohans and taste was heavenly good

I bought one of these sohans and taste was heavenly good

One of the entry doors of the Fatimah bint Musa al-Kadhim 's shrine

One of the entry doors of the Fatimah bint Musa al-Kadhim 's shrine

Hazrat Fatimah was born on March 22, 790 in Medina and she was the sister of 8th Imam Ali Raza

Hazrat Fatimah was born on March 22, 790 in Medina and she was the sister of 8th Imam Ali Raza

She was traveling to meet her brother Imam Ali Raza and she was killed by poison around Qom on November 9, 816

She was traveling to meet her brother Imam Ali Raza and she was killed by poison around Qom on November 9, 816

A fountain close to the shrine of Fatimah Masumeh

A fountain close to the shrine of Fatimah Masumeh

The Abbasid Caliphate was against the Shiite Imam and her father was prisoned by Harun al-Rashid - this was one of the reasons she had to leave Medina

The Abbasid Caliphate was against the Shiite Imam and her father was prisoned by Harun al-Rashid - this was one of the reasons she had to leave Medina

A busy evening beside one of the doors of the shrine

A busy evening beside one of the doors of the shrine

People flock to this shrine to gain spiritual guidance and they also pay their respect to this holy lady

People flock to this shrine to gain spiritual guidance and they also pay their respect to this holy lady

A guard standing to the right side of the door (this door was used by men)

A guard standing to the right side of the door (this door was used by men)

A sign above clock shows that door was reserved for

A sign above clock shows that door was reserved for "men only"

Decorative details above the entry door

Decorative details above the entry door

There is a central courtyard which has beautiful doors , this door is one of them

There is a central courtyard which has beautiful doors , this door is one of them

Minarets and central dome of the shrine - the mosque consists of a burial chamber, three courtyards and three large prayer halls

Minarets and central dome of the shrine - the mosque consists of a burial chamber, three courtyards and three large prayer halls

This shrine complex covers totalling an area of 38,000 m2 (410,000 sq ft)

This shrine complex covers totalling an area of 38,000 m2 (410,000 sq ft)

People coming to visit the shrine in huge numbers

People coming to visit the shrine in huge numbers

In the past, this shrine had gone through many changes and it keeps expanding in order to facilitate the visitors

In the past, this shrine had gone through many changes and it keeps expanding in order to facilitate the visitors

Qom is also the birthplace of Ayatollah Khomeini  (leader of the Iranian 1979 Revolution)

Qom is also the birthplace of Ayatollah Khomeini (leader of the Iranian 1979 Revolution)

There are shops and stalls along the walkway to the shrine and the area around it

There are shops and stalls along the walkway to the shrine and the area around it

This courtyard is outside the shrine antry door but it is considered part of the complex

This courtyard is outside the shrine antry door but it is considered part of the complex

It has a beautiful mosque called Masjad-a Hasan al-Askari, named after the 11th Imam

It has a beautiful mosque called Masjad-a Hasan al-Askari, named after the 11th Imam

Facade of the Hasan al-Askari Mosque with the two minarets towering in the sky

Facade of the Hasan al-Askari Mosque with the two minarets towering in the sky

Decorative details of the mosque

Decorative details of the mosque

Persian tiles were used with Kufic inscriptions to decorate this mosque

Persian tiles were used with Kufic inscriptions to decorate this mosque

A side view of the mosque which has a splendid blue coloured dome

A side view of the mosque which has a splendid blue coloured dome

The Ayatollah Library is located to the opposite side of the mosque

The Ayatollah Library is located to the opposite side of the mosque

This side of the Hazrat Fatimah Masumeh's Shirne appears to little quiter than the rest

This side of the Hazrat Fatimah Masumeh's Shirne appears to little quiter than the rest

One final look at the shrine complex and it's minarets

One final look at the shrine complex and it's minarets