Very close and just 20 km from Mashhad, there is a small town called Tus. Tus is known as the city of Ferdowsi, the unique Persian epic poet and also the national epic of Iran. He is the author of Shahnameh, the longest epic poem in the world which was created by just one poet. He has had an important in keeping Iranian history alive and is a big influence in Persian literature. Due to this, he is called “The Saviour of the Persian Language” and “The Lord of the Word”. His tomb is in his own garden and was rebuilt by Hooshang Seyhoon in 1968. The structure of the tomb is derived from Achaemenid architecture and so is similar to the tomb of Cyrus in Pasargadae.