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Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan

Isfahan is a jewel and a must see highlight of Iran.

Considered to be one of the finest Islamic cities, it’s architectural structures of exquisite decorative blue mosaic tiles and magnificent bridges are masterpieces in their own right.

Isfahan Shah Mosque, Iran
Isfahan Shah Mosque, Iran

Why visit Isfahan

Isfahan is famed for its waterways with a number of impressive bridges including the See-o Se Pol Bridge with 33 arches and an Armenian church. A fairer city would be hard to find. Strolling around here in the evening sunshine is a delight with its huge central square, formerly a polo field, surrounded by elegant mosques and palaces. At one end is the souq or bazaar where several miles of tunnels link carpet dealers, silversmiths, spice sellers and pottery traders – a wonderful place to get lost in. From the vibrant bazaars and souqs to the stunning blue tiled buildings, this bustling city is a must see for travellers to Iran.

Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

UNESCO Persepolis

Built by Darius the Great and then sacked by Alexander the Great, Persepolis is an impressive archaeological site.

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Yazd

Visit the oasis town of Yazd renowned for its Zoroastrianism community and unique architecture.

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Persian Carpets

Explore the traditional centre of the carpet trade in Hamedan.

Tabriz Churches

Hidden away close to the Turkish border, visit the remote Armenian churches near Tabriz.

Shiraz

Visit Shiraz, the city of poets, and birthplace of Hafez and Sa’di.

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Isfahan

Isfahan’s central square is an architectural wonder, follow it with a stroll through the nearby sprawling bazaar.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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