Iran blessed with a number of religious and pilgrimage sites sees millions of religious tourists every year. The prime attractions are the Shia Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad and that of his sister Hazrat Masoummah in Qom.
16 UNESCO listed world heritage sites, the old city of Isfahan, pre-Christian ruins of Persepolis near Shiraz also form top attractions of western travelers. Iran’s Ardabil province sees nearly 800,000 international travelers with Azerbaijanis constituting a major fraction. Azerbaijanis come here for trading, medical treatment and site-seeing purpose. European travelers groups are also seen spending Christmas in this country.