Gonbade Kavus-Khalid Nabi Cemetery-PTG

Khalid Nabi Cemetery 2017-03-13

Khalid Nabi Cemetery, nabi means “prophet”) is a cemetery in northeastern Iran’s Golestan province near the border with Turkmenistan, roughly 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Gonbad-e Kavous, in the hills of Turkmen Sahra. The cemetery has over 600 standing stones which archaeologist David Stronach sees these as probably “highly stylized representations of people.”1] The popular media describe the stones as examples of phallic architecture and a major tourist attraction.[2][3] The cemetery got its name from the nearby mausoleum of Khalid Nabi, believed to house the tomb of a Yemeni prophet Khalid bin Sinan, who is revered as a preislamic prophet said to be born 40 years prior to the birth of Muhammad,

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