One of the most obvious and striking features of Iran is the presence of numerous shrines. Millions of Iranians come to visit these shrines, which besides religious and spiritual significances have enormous cultural, historical or architectural importance for their visitors. Among the most important shrines in Northeastern Iran, is the shrine of Khaled Nabi, which occupies a special position among Iran's Turkmen minority. This work seeks to gain an understanding about the general approach of the visitors to Khaled Nabi as a religious pilgrimage and/or a secular tourism destination.
Mehdi Ebadi is researcher in Human Geography at the Institute of Geography, University of Heidelberg, Germany.