Ray, Iran

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Ray, is an old city of Iran. Toghrol Tower, a 13th century monument, is one of the historical structures still standing today.
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The shrine of Bibi Shahrbanu, the eldest daughter of Yazdegerd III, Rey, Iran.
Ray, also spelled Rayy or Rages (ری in Persian) is the most historic city in the province of Tehran, Iran. Most notably, it is the birthplace of Rhazes.

The city is estimated to be more than two thousand years old, and was built during the Median Empire.

After the Mongol invasion the town was severely damaged and it gradually lost its importance in the presence of nearby Tehran.

Ray contains a famous shrine of a Shia saint Shah Abdol Azim, as well as a 13th century tower called Borj e Toghrol.

There is also a shrine there, dedicated to commemorate the eldest daughter of Sassanid Persia, princess Shahr Banu. She gave birth to Ali Zayn al Abidin, the fourth holy Imam of the Shia faith. This was through her marriage to Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad, the prophert of Islam. A nearby mountain is also named after her.

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