Rey is a historical part of Tehran province. From
5,000 BC to 1200 AD, Rey was an important city. The
ancient walls includes the relics from Achaemenian,
Parthian, Sassanian, and Islamic Period
(specifically Seljuk) which distinguish between the
modern town and the mountainside. In the center of
town is the bazaar with lots of activity.
Rey is the source for early Islamic pottery. Rey was
destroyed by the Mongols in 1220 AD.
Holy Shrine of Imamzadeh Shah-e Abdol- Azim, a
descendent of Imam Hassan (the second saint in
Shiite Islam) who was martyred in the 9th century AD
is in Rey. Also, Shrine of Imamzadeh Hamzeh (brother
of Imam Reza, eight saint in Shiite Islam and
Imamzadeh Tahir are here as well. This is a
pilgrimage site. The complex Includes detailed
tileworks with inscriptions from the 14th century, a
tall portal decorated with mirrors from the 19th
century, a golden dome, two tile minarets, a mosque,
and a few courtyards.
Another interesting place for tourists in Rey is
Cheshmeh Ali (Ali Spring) which is famous for the
flowing water primarily used for carpet washing.
After people wash their carpets in the running
water, then the carpet is laid out to dry on the
large rock. Nasser od-Din Shah Ghajar followed the
custom of the Sassanian Dynasty making carvings in
the rock representing him.