After passing the sanctuaries, pilgrims need to pass the open-air courtyards or Sahn. There are nine courtyards in the Holy Shrine, each a testament to the era in which they were built and the fine craftsmanship of ancient Iran. These stunning open-aired courtyards serve as gathering places for a variety of religious ceremonies and programs and hold a variety of exceptional architectural features. Since Holy Shrine is ever increasing, the number of courtyards may also increase later in the future as well.
What to look for: exquisite patterned mirror work, tile work with an array of designs and rich colors, calligraphic inscriptions, and muqarnas.
- Islamic Revolution Counrtyard or Sahn`e –En`ghe`lab-e-Islami
- Grand Razavi courtyard or Sahn`eh Jameh Razavi
- Ghadir Courtyard
- Kowsar Courtyard
- Heda`yat Courtyard
- Quds Courtyard
- Islamic Republic Courtyard or Sahn`eh Jomhori Islami
- Gowharshad Mosque or Sahn`eh Masjid-e-Gowharshad
- Freedom Countryard or Sahn`eh Azadi