Khalid Nabi – Not Your Average Cemetery

The Khalid Nabi cemetery, in northern Iran has become a popular attraction for both locals and tourists, because of its strange tombstones shaped as male and female sexual organs.

Scientists say the bizarre cemetery is around 1,400 years old, and judging by the number of headstones, it’s the final resting place of at least 600 people, the most important of which is Khalid Nabi, a prophet born 40 years before Muhammad. You’d be inclined to be believe most people come to the cemetery as pilgrims to a prophet’s grave, but you couldn’t be more wrong; they actually come to see the penis and breast-shaped tombstones.

Nobody knows exactly what the 6-foot-tall columns shaped like phalluses and the smaller, cross like-headstones that resemble female breasts are meant to symbolize, but the mere fact that a wacky attraction like the Khalid Nabi cemetery gets this kind of attention, in a country like Iran, is weird enough. Some scientists say the weird tombstones could have been influenced by the phallic religion practiced in India and central Asia, but most of the visitors don’t even care, they just came here to see some funny penis-shaped rocks.

I’m just not sure who Iran is going to blame for this, but I’m sure they’ll somehow relate the phallus stones to some “capitalist pigs”.







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Feedback (5 Comments)

  • Mehrdad Posted on November 21, 2010

    I live in Iran (north of Iran)and actually i should say u have wrong ideas and thoughts about Iran!
    not only you… many tourists when come here, cant believe Iran is so different from what they saw or heard on tv.

  • LOL Posted on December 6, 2010

    You are right Mehardad. I don’t think it’s a 3rd world country. I see it as a future glass parking lot. KABOOOM!!!

  • Craig Posted on January 29, 2012

    Why would Iran blame something on Capitalist pigs? They’re not communists. You’re getting your stereotypes mixed up.