Khalid Nabi Cemetery in the city of Gonbad is famous for its shrine and special tombstones. The complex is located in the altitudes and mountainous areas of the Golestan province of Iran, a burial site for Khalid Nabi, as well as a host of small and large stone statues.
As mentioned, this place is in the mountainous region, 90 km from Gonbad Kavus and 62 km northeast of Kalaleh, and 6 km from Gachi Sou, on the top of the mountain of “Gogjeh Dagh”.
The complex dates back to the Paleolithic period consist of two parts of the Khalid Nabi shrine and the cemetery and stone tombs.
Khalid Ebne Sanan was born in the land of Aden in Yemen. According to narratives, he is one of four prophets who lived between the time of Jesus and Islam.
A little further from the shrine of Khalid Nabi, on another hill in this area, several stone statues have risen from the ground next to each other and scattered like a cemetery. According to documents and evidence, this historical cemetery dates back thousands of years ago. It also appears that the number of these rocks was initially about 600.
Different theories are presented for the specific shape of the rocks. Some believe that large statues represent men with hats on their heads and shawls and the small statues are in the shape of women. Some also likened some of the rocks to the crosses. On the other hand, in one theory, the large and small statues are attributed to the sex organs of men and women. Despite all this, almost all of these theories have been agreed upon on one issue, and this indicates that these stone statues have served as tombstones for the inhabitants of this region.
How to go there: After a journey of about 40 km from Gonbad Kavous to Kalaleh, which is 55 km away from Khalid Nabi, you have to move towards Gachisu village (the distance from this village to the cemetery is 6 km). From Gachisu village, the flat plain at the beginning of the road turns into small and large hills.