Half of the world, the cradle of rare Islamic arts, a unique collection of Safavid monuments, the city of bridges and many other terms are just describing a little part of Isfahan’s glory and significance. As the provincial capital of Esfahan province located in the central parts of the vast Iran, the city of Isfahan is an important element of Iran’s tourism by embracing a universal site as: Neqsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and many super splendid attractions. You’re deserved not to be able to wait until starting to explore this brilliant destination, so let’s not to waist and start a journey with each other.
We’ll start our sightseeing in Isfahan by the most highlighted site of the city which is Neqsh-e Jahan Square (also known as the Shah Square or Imam Square), the central square of Isfahan city. As one of the largest squares all over the world, Naqsh-e Jahan has been inscribed as a World Heritage at 1979 by the registration number of 115. The square is a historical area which is surrounded by some other attractions including: Ali Qapu Palace, Shah Mosque (Imam Mosque), Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque & Qeisariyeh Traditional Ancient Bazaar which are adding a greater significance to it. By entering the square of Naqsh- e Jahan which means”the pattern of the world “in Farsi language, we’ll be amazed of an unrecognizable glory and also a really calm atmosphere which floating over this World Heritage in Isfahan.
The first attraction which is going to be visited Ali Qapu Palace is a superb Safavid building which is located within the western corner of Naqsh-e Jahan Square in front of Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque. The palace is 48 meters high and had been constructed over 6 floors which are decorated by awesome miniature paintings. Let’s go to the last floor’s loggia to visit the whole area of Naqsh-e Jahan Square. We’re going to leave the palace visit an architectural masterpiece of Safavid dynasty which is named: Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque. The Mosque is covered by fantastic colorful tile works within the Islamic pattern and styles. The mosque had been constructed over 18 years by the order of Shah Abbas the first within the eastern part of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Right after finishing our exploration through Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque, we’re taking a walk to another attraction of the square which is: Imam Mosque also known as Shah Mosque. The mosque is considered as a wonderful attraction even for the followers of Islamic and Iranian art and architecture, as it has some distinct feature which are exclusively related dedicated to this UNESCO World Heritage inscribed by the Registration number of 107 located in the southern part of Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Shah Mosque’s pioneer is mainly about the safavid tiling, carpentry and architectural decorations.
Now, it’s time to walk over the ancient bazaar of Qeisariyeh covered by a pile of shops and handicraft stores providing a wide range of souvenirs of Isfahan and even the other parts of the country over a totally traditional and calm atmosphere. Not only the shops, but also many tea houses and syrup shops are waiting for us to enjoy the most of our journey.
Located in the proximity of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Chehel Sotun Palace shines bright like a valuable gem. The palace is embraced by a Garden by an extent of 67,000 square meters founded by Shah Abbas the first. Chehel Sotun in Farsi Language means 40 pillars, but it may seem odd for you as the palace has just 20 pillars. Just be careful more and take a look at the mansion right in-fronted the entrance door. Have you got the point? 40 pillars are apparent by looking at mansion and the grand pool in the middle the palace yard as well. 20 real pillars and 20 metaphorical ones reflected in the pools water. As the final hint Chehel Sotun Palace notice that, it has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage at 2011.
Our deep exploration within the old part of Isfahan is going to be ended, an exploration which has given many unforgettable moments.
Isfahan is known as the city of bridges which have been constructed over a major river of the city , Zayande Rood, this is why we’ll visit the Khaju Bridge as the final part of our excursion in this day. The bridge is a gathering place for those Isfahani people who are interested in singing and listening to the folklore musics by the local people. In addition, the bridge is decorated by an extremely beautiful lighting which is more and more shining through the nights.
Although Isfahan is mentioned as a city of Islamic art and architecture, it has some regions by some Armenian residences. At the beginning of the next day’s excursion, we’re going to visit an Armenian highlighted Cathedral, as one of the most significant Cathedrals in Iran both for historical and architectural aspects, namely Vank Cathedral. The cathedral is also known as the Holy Savior Cathedral located in the Jolfa region of Isfahan founded by Shah Abbas the second. Vank Cathedral Complex is including two major parts , a museum and the main Cathedral decorated by an unbelievably beautiful paintings. As mentioned before, the cathedral is located over an ancient region namely Jolfa. The one which embraces many great restaurants and Café to help us enjoy more of our excursions here in Jolfa.
As a comprehensive journey to Isfahan, we’ve reviewed the whole major attractions of Isfahan City, the ones which can form a truly memorable trip for you during a real travel to Isfahan.
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