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Nishapur (also Neyshābūr, Persian: نیشابور) is an ancient city in Khorasan near Mashad.


At its peak in the 12th and early 13 centuries, Nishapur was estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million and was one of the largest cities in the world. Nishapur had a thriving arts, pottery and carpet weaving industry. The city however, was flattened and its inhabitants slaughtered by the Mongols in 1221.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

There are train routes from Tehran and Mashad.

  • 1 Nishapur railway station. Nishapur Railway Station (Q5942290) on Wikidata

By minibuses[edit]

Several minibuses leave from Mashad to Nishapur every day.

Get around[edit]

Map of Nishapur


  • 1 Mausoleum of Attar of Nishapur. The colorful, onion-shaped dome and garden marks the burial site of the influential 12th century Persian poet. Attar Mausoleum (Q5948420) on Wikidata Mausoleum of Attar of Nishapur on Wikipedia
  • 2 Mausoleum of Omar Khayyám. Monument, a bust, and a small museum. The museum, however, shows a few arbitrary items not connected to Omar Khayyam. Omar Khayyam Mausoleum (Q6794054) on Wikidata Mausoleum of Omar Khayyám on Wikipedia
  • 3 Imamzade Mahruq. Next to Omar Khayyam's tomb, this Imamzade actually contains two tombs, Mahruq's tomb is deeper into the complex.
  • 4 Tomb of Kamal-ol-molk. Tomb of Kamal-ol-molk (Q5954309) on Wikidata Tomb of Kamal-ol-molk on Wikipedia
  • 5 Jameh Mosque of Nishapur. Founded by Pahlavan Ali Karkhi in 1493 during the rule of Husayn Bayqarah of the Timurid dynasty, and was rebuilt during the rule of Abbad I of the Persia Sultanate. Jameh Mosque of Nishapur (Q3115099) on Wikidata Jameh Mosque of Nishapur on Wikipedia
  • 6 Shadiyakh excavations. Shadiyakh (Q6485297) on Wikidata Shadiyakh on Wikipedia
  • Mazare Shahmir.
  • Caravanserai.



Neyshabur Turquoise has been used for more than 2000 years and for this turquoise it is sometimes called "the turquoise land". Neyshabur turquoise and jewellery made from it are sold as souvenirs in Neyshabur and Mashhad resorts.

Rhubarb (Persian rivaas or rivand), a sour vegetable, grows at the foot of the eponymous Rivand Mountains . Soft drinks made from the stems of the plant, such as "Sharbate rivaas" and "Khoshaabe rivaas" , are sold at some Nishapur resorts as souvenirs.





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Firoze, Hemmatabad, Some, Emam Reza Town, Ghadamgah, Darrod, Sabzevar, Eshqabad

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