Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib Shrine, Najaf

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Pay your respects at Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib Shrine, considered the third holiest pilgrimage site for Shia Muslims. The complex serves as the resting place for the first imam, Ali ibn Abi Talib, and is also believed by many to house the remains of Noah and Adam. The complex was built around the imam’s grave in 977 CE, and has since been damaged and repaired several times. Reflect on the ancient traditional Islamic architecture, and don’t miss seeing the gold veranda, which serves as an entirely gilded entrance to the building. Put Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib Shrine on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Najaf online travel route planner .
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  • The best place to live close by is ZamZam Tourist Hotel. Very nice food and 24/7 service. This hotel is close to Harram just 500M close.  more »
  • The shrine of Imam Ali is one of the holiest place in the world, and the third holiest for the Shia community. The approach is well secured for obvious reasons, but when you are inside the first secur...  more »
  • You can't go to Al Najjaf Al Sharif and not to visit the mausoleum of Imam Ali. Place of pilgrimage for the Shia, it remains a historic site for Muslims, in particular whether they are Shiite or Sunni, and for those of different faiths. Al Ataba is a place to see and visit. Do not forget to pass buy "al dahine al najjafi" a typical cake to taste absolutely! The Iraq is not one country like any other, it is the cradle of history and he keeps all of his magic, Majesty!
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With the town's main attractions drawing in millions of pilgrims each year, Najaf possesses a decent contingent of accommodations. However, the number and variety remains pretty limited, so make sure to book well in advance. Hotels, ranging from budget options to slightly pricier and well-presented rooms, lie along the main road. The district to the northwest of the airport provides by far the greatest number of lodgings, once again with simple hotels and slightly more luxurious options dominating the choice.
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