Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Askariya Shrine

• Located in Samarra, Askariya is one of the most important Shiite shrines in the world, attracting millions of pilgrims.
• Askariya contains the tombs of the 10th and 11th imams, Ali al-Hadi and his son Hassan al-Askari. Shiites believe that Askari's son Muhammad al-Mahdi, the 12th imam who disappeared in 878, will return to earth.
• The mosque, first developed in the 10th century, has been rebuilt numerous times. Its golden dome, which dominates the skyline, was built in 1905 and contains some 72,000 gold pieces.

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