Ayutthaya and Qum (also spelt Qom) in north-central Iran are now sister cities after officials signed an agreement in February to formalise ties.
A display of art and crafts from Iran and Thailand is being organised in Ayutthaya later this month as part of a four-day festival to mark the newly forged fraternal link between Ayutthaya and the holy city of Qum.
Qum is considered holy by Shia Muslims since it is the site of a shrine to Fatema Mae'sume, sister of a highly revered imam. Located 150km south of Teheran, the city is the largest centre for Shia scholarship in the world and a major destination for pilgrimages.
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