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Karbalā (Arabic: كربلاء) is one of the pilgrimage cities in Iraq that is frequently visited by the Shi'a. It became such because of the martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn (a) and his faithful companions in this location in the year 61/680. In addition, this city also holds the mausoleums of Imam al-Husayn (a) and al-'Abbas (a).

Karbala
Coordinate 44°01′12″N 32°22′12″E / 44.02000°N 32.37000°E / 44.02000; 32.37000
Feature Holy Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a)
Country Iraq
Province Karbala
Total population 1 million
Language Arabic
Religions Islam
Religion Shi'a
Historical Information
Old name Al-Ghadiriyya, al-Taff
Year of found