Bistam, as Ernst Herzfeld referred to the site, is also known as Bastam and Bestam; a village in Khorasan, it is located in northeastern Iran, about 6 kilometers north of Shahrud. Founded in the
sixth century, Bastam is now known for its Islamic monuments from the Ilkhanid period. These squeezes are from a wall of the Congregational Mosque.
We are excited to reopen the Freer in October 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.