I found this beautiful. Click here to check out a website that has a 3D panorama view of the shrine of Imam Ridha (as) in Mashad. It seems to be a rather comprehensive walk-through, from the basement to the main floor and even some areas that are in fact outside of the harram. Below are some screenshots I took from my own walk-through. It took me some time to actually locate the basement where the actual grave of Imam Ridha (as) is. The text following the images is usually written for the image above it:
One of the entrances to Sehn-e-Inqilab
A view of the zareeh – if only most visitors got it this empty! This seems to be the view from the ladies side.
The above view is from the men’s section. When you walk through this area, the people sitting in the area seem to be of those who work at the shrine. Also the time (based on the clocks on the wall) show that the pictures were taken well after mid-night.
After a lot of browsing, I was able to find the entrance to the basement.
This is perhaps the closest an average visitor will get to the actual grave of Imam Ridha (as). I actually didn’t realize how massive the basement was, since when I went I didn’t leave the grave-site area to explore any further. But browsing through it, I came across some massive halls, like this one below:
If you found the basement cool; check the next picture out:
Yes! That is a view from the minaret – if you move it around you can even see the partial dome and the staircase for the minaret.
This is the view from one of the other minaret – you can see the crowd of people below and as well as a clear view of the dome.
Keep browsing around and you’ll even find yourself in the library with both men & women studying and even some restaurant! For those who have been to the shrine and know the areas will have it easier to go through it. I think its a great initiative, though to make improvements to it, it would be great to have some sort of an interactive map on the side for those who are not familiar with the shrine. That way they can browse around with a bit more understanding of where exactly they are – after all this is one of the largest mosques in the world!
May Allah (swt) grant us all the opportunity to go visit the shrine physically inshAllah.