About Tomb of Esther and Mordechai
Tomb of Esther and Mordechai is among important pilgrimage sites for the Jews in Iran and the world. This tomb is located at the beginning of Dr. Shari'ati Street in Hamadan. There have been different opinions about the identity of those who are buried in this tomb. However, the famous one is that Xerxes (Khashayarsha) married a Jewish girl called Esther, who had been nephew of one of the courtiers named Mordecai. Therefore, the Jews had great influence in his court. Meanwhile, a man called Haman, who was one of the influential and powerful courtiers, became jealous about the growing influence of Jews and therefore he took the order of killing the Jews from Xerxes. However, with the help of his nephew Esther, Xerxes' wife, Mordecai took this command back from Xerxes and saved them. Since then, the Jews remember that day by praying, fasting and reading Megillah scroll at the beginning of March every year, on the day of anniversary of Jews being saved from massacre and hold a celebration called "Purim Feast". This tomb has been registered as a national monument of Iran.