Isfahan

Isfahan Isfahan is located at the intersection of the two principal north-south and east-west routes in central Iran and south of Tehran.

The city’s rich culture and unique architecture and are in such perfect harmony that one seems to be a reflection of the other. it is an ultimate expression of the Iranian-Islamic Culture.

 

Isfahan History

 

Naqshe Jahan Square - Isfahan

Naqshe Jahan Square – Isfahan

The historical monuments of Isfahan is a collection of the finest examples of the various styles of Persian architecture developed throughout a thousand years and even more.

The quality and quantity of its artworks are great and they are masterpieces of the post-Islamic Iranian architecture.

 

Imam Square, known as the Naqsh-e Jahan (meaning portrait of the world) Square, is one of the largest city squares in the world.  Around this square sit a number of world famous marvels of Islamic architecture which is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

 

Persians call it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half of the World” and it shows the important role of this city in Iran history.

 

 

Sheikh Lotfollah mosque - Isfahan

Sheikh Lotfollah mosque – Isfahan

In terms of population, it is Iran’s third largest city after Tehran and Mashhad.

A river called Zayandeh Rood (life-giving River) runs through the city and its residents more life!

 

Isfahan is a city with regular seasonal changes. Spring begins in late March and summer in late June.

The city greets fall color in late September with the leaves falling off the trees and also winter starts in late December. Among all the seasons and months, Isfahan is perfect in May.

 

Isfahan is the most touristic city and center of the Iranian Islamic art in Iran which tourists should definitely visit and according to the French author, Andre Malraux, only Florence is comparable to this city.


Must See in Iran

Must See in Isfahan


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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

 

The Mosque was built between 1603 to 1619 and is a masterpiece of Iranian architecture. The mixture of its magnificent shape and rich interior and exterior tiles made the mosque the most recognizable tourist sites of Isfahan. Sheikh Lotfollah mosque was designed to be private, that is why it is small and has neither minarets nor courtyard.

Do not miss its magnificent dome, extraordinary tile works and the magical effects of morning lights.

 

Nearby Attractions: Naqsh-e Jaha square – Ali Qapu palace – Isfahan grand bazaar – Shah (Imam) mosque – Chehel Sotoun Palace – Hasht Behesht Palace.

Vank Cathedral

 

The holy Savior cathedral or Church of Saintly Sisters which is widely known as Vank Cathedral is an Armenian church built between 1648 – 1655 in the Armenian neighborhood of Jolfa, Isfahan. The luxurious interior is richly decorated with paintings full of life and color, including martyrdoms and demons. You will be astonished by seeing the detail and depth of color. Due to its magnificent interior design, Vank Cathedral is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Isfahan.

There is also a museum in this complex which shows the Armenian genocide.

 

Nearby Attractions: Isfahan Music Museum – Saint Mary Church – Saint Bethlehem Church

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Ali Qapu - Must visit in Isfahan

Ali Qapu Palace

 

Built in six floors and 38m tall at the end of the 16th century as a royal residence with its impressive elevated terrace. The terrace affords a stunning perspective over the Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

The main highlight of Ali Qapu palace is the music hall on the upper floor. The ceiling is designed with the shapes of vases and wine container to enhance the acoustics. This specific craftsmanship, considered to be one of the finest examples of Persian art.

 

Nearby Attractions: Naqsh-e Jaha square – Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque – Isfahan grand bazaar – Shah (Imam) mosque – Chehel Sotoun Palace – Hasht Behesht Palace.

Khaju Bridge ( Pol-e Khaju )

 

The finest of Esfahan’s bridges due to its pleasing construction idea and it is still working fine after 350 years of being constructed. Khaju Bridge is decorated with beautiful tile work and artistic paintings. There is an octagonal pavilion in the center of the bridge that Shah (King) has once sat on and enjoyed the view.

The beautiful Bridges in Isfahan such as Khaju and Sio Se Pol are the best place to meet locals. Musicians and singers get together under the bridges and you can have fun with them.

 

Nearby Attractions: Si-o-Se Pol

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Chehel Sotoun Palace - Isfahan City Tour

Chehel Sotoun Palace

 

An excellent example of the Persian garden which literally means “Forty Columns” in Persian language, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, built between 1614 and 1647, for entertainment and reception purposes.

The central hall of the Chehel Sotoun Palace contains spectacular paintings that present the historical events of different periods with the colorful and golden design.

You will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in this beautiful garden.

 

Nearby Attractions: Naqsh-e Jaha square – Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque – Isfahan grand bazaar – Shah (Imam) mosque – Ali Qapu Palace – Hasht Behesht Palace.

Esfahan City Sightseeing Tours

Isfahan Attractions

Naqsh-e Jahan (Emam, Shah) Square

 

Emam (Shah) Mosque

 

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

 

Ali Qapu

 

Jame Atiq Mosque

 

Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) Palace

 

Si-o-Se Pol (Bridge)

 

Khaju Bridge (Shahi Bridge)

 

Vank Cathedral

 

Qaisarieh Bazaar

 

Hasht Behesht Palace

 

Chahar Bagh School

 

Manar Jonban (the swinging minaret)

 

Atashgah (Fire Temple)

 

Takht-e Foulad

Isfahan Handicrafts

Carpet Weaving

 

Enamel Work (Mina)

 

Painted Matters (Ghalamkar)

 

Engraving

 

Miniature paintings

 

Calligraphy

 

Tile & Mosaic Work

 

Brocade

 

Moarragh

 

Calico work

 

Inlaid Work (Khatam)

 

Metal Work

 

Papier Mache

 

Embroidery

Isfaha Traditional Foods

Biryani

 

Fesenjan

 

Gaz

 

Pulaki

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