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The unique blue tiles of Isfahan's Islamic buildings, and the city's majestic bridges, contrast perfectly with the hot, dry Iranian countryside around it, Isfahan is a sight you won't forget. Not only is the architecture superb and the climate pleasant, but there's a fairly relaxed atmosphere here, compared with many other Iranian towns. It's a city for walking, getting lost in the bazaar, walking in beautiful gardens and meeting  people.
 

 

 

 

 The famous half-rhyme Isfahan nesf-e-jahan (Isfahan is half the world) was coined in the 16th century to express the city's grandeur. There's so much to see that you'll probably have to ration your time and concentrate on must-sees such as the Imam Mosque, a magnificent building completely covered in Isfahan's trademark pale blue tiles; This mosque is situated to the south of Naqsh-e-Jahan square. built in the reign of shah  Abbas, tile work and architecture of this Mosque is amazingly superb. Its minarets Are 48 meters high. Naghsh-e-Jahan (world picture) Square, one of the largest town square in the world. The Chehel Sotun Museum and Palace, a marvellous seventheenth century pavilion and a great place for a picnic; this palace is another building dating back to the Safavid period, built amidst a vast garden covering an area of 67000 sq m. The building has a veranda with 18 pillars and a large pool in front of it. Being mirrored in the still water of the pool, the pillars create a beautiful view. The wall painting in the interior of the building is superlative in their kind.

 

Ali Qapoo Palace Situated to the west of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq. belongs to the Safavid period. It was used for the reception of the Ambassadors and envoys from other Countries. Ali Qapoo is a six-storied plasterwork and paintings of which are extremely impressive.
the Vank Cathedral, the historic focal point of the Armenian church in Iran. Taking tea in one of the teahouses under the bridges is also an essential part of the Isfahan experience.

 

Isfahan is about 400km (250ml) south of Tehran. Several flights make the trip daily. There are buses, usually overnight, to Tehran, Shiraz and other domestic cities. The express train between Isfahan and Tehran might be a preferable alternative to sitting all night on the seat.

 
sfahan is one of the oldest cities of Iran with the 1,001,000 population located 414 km south of Tehran and 481 km north of Shiraz. This 2500 years old city served as Persia's capital from 1598 to 1722.  
Isfahan was a crossroad of international trade and diplomacy, and therefore was a kaleidoscope of resident languages, religions, and customs. The city is known for its silver filigree and metal work.
 

 

This city is renowned not only for the abundance of great historical monuments, but also for its Life-Giving River, The [[Zayandeh-Rood]], which has given the city an original beauty and a fertile land. Isfahan is filled with old gardens and some of the best sights in Iran.

 

After selection of Isfahan as capital by Shah Abbas I (1587-1629) who unified Persia it reached to its pinnacle of briskness. Isfahan had parks, libraries and mosques that amazed Europeans, who had not seen anything like this at home. The Persians called it Nisf-e-Jahan, half the world; meaning that to see it was to see half the world.

 
Isfahan became one of the world's most elegant cities. In its heyday it was also one of the largest with a population of one million; 163 mosques, 48 religious schools, 1801 shops and 263 public baths.  
Isfahan, regarding its historical and geographic conditions, was paid attention during Pahlavi time and some endeavors were made for repair and restoration of historical monuments. Moreover, Isfahan and the province redeveloped and industrialized rapidly. During last two decades, Isfahan developed with a very high rate of acceleration from urban development point of view, highly observing restoration of historical monuments.  

 

 Attractions

Squares and Streets

[[Naqsh-e-Jahan Square]] also known as shah square or imam square-1602.

Meydan Kohne (Kohne Square)
Shahshahan square
Chaharbagh-e-khajou Boulevard
Chaharbagh Boulevard - 1596.
 

 

 

Mosques

The stunning mosques of Isfahan are among the most beautiful and interesting in the world.

 
Imam Mosque (it was called Shahcmosque before Iran's Revolution)
Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque
Jame Mosque

 

 

Palaces

 
Talar Ashraf (The Palace of Ashraf) - 1650  
Ali Qapu[[(The Royal Palace) - Early 17th Century]]

 

Hasht Behesht (The Palace of Eight Paradises) - 1669
 

 

Chehel Sotoun (The Palace of forty columns) - 1647
 

 

 

Schools

 
Madreseye Sadr  
Madreseye Shah (Imam Jafar Sadegh after revolution)  
Madreseye Khajoo  

 

 

Caravanserais

 
Carvanserai Shah  

 

Bridges

 
Pol-e Shahrestan (The Shahrestan Bridge) - 11th Century
Pol-e Khaju[[ (Khaju Bridge) - 1650]]
Si-o-Seh Pol (The Bridge of 33 Arches) - 1602
Pol-e-Joui or choobi(Joui bridge)  
Pol-e-Maarnaan (Maarnaan Bridge)  
  

Churches and Cathedrals

 
Vank Cathedral - 17th century
Kelisaye maryam (maryam church)

 

 others include

 
Atashgah - a Zoroastrian fire temple. This temple is dramatically set atop a rock on the outskirts of Isfahan and provides a commanding view of the city (although much of it is covered in smog). You can take one of the blue buses (ask at the drivers), which will take you there
Buqe'h-ye Ibn-Sina (Avicenna's Dome) - 12th Century  
The Tombs of Nizam al-Mulk & Malek Shah - 12th & 18th Century  
Jolfa (The Armenian Quarter)  
The Bathhouse of Sheikh Bahai
Pigeon Towers - 17th Century  
The Bathhouse of Ali Gholi Agha

    

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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