Qom is the capital of Qom Province. It is located 140 km to the south of Tehran.  Its population was 1,201,158 in 2016. It is situated on the banks of the Qom River.

Qom is considered holy by Shia Islam, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatimah bent Musa, sister of Imam Ali ibn Musa Reza. The city is the largest center for Shia scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination of pilgrimage, with around twenty million pilgrims visiting the city every year, the majority being Iranians but also other Shia Muslims from all around the world.

Qom has a hot desert climate with low annual rainfall due to remoteness from the sea and being situated in the vicinity of the subtropical anticyclone aloft. Summer weather is very hot and essentially rainless.

The more visited sites of Qom are:



  • Astaneh Moqaddaseh Museum (Qom Central Museum)
  • Anthropology Museum Of Qom
  • The Museum Of Traditional Arts
  • The Museum Of Natural History & Wildlife
  • The Museum Of Astronomy
Jamkaran Mosque

Jamkaran Mosque

Shrine of Fatimah al-Masumah

Shrine of Fatimah al-Masumah

Ruhollah Khomeini's House

Ruhollah Khomeini’s House


Qom is famous for a Persian brittle toffee known as Sohan, considered a souvenir of the city and sold by 2,000 to 2,500 “Sohan” shops.