Isfahan

Why you should visit Isfahan

Isfahan is the 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. 

Famed for its waterways, there are a number of impressive bridges including the See-o Se Pol Bridge with 33 arches and an Armenian church.

A fairer city it 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.

Highlights of a visit to Isfahan

Jami‘ Mosque of Isfahan the living testimony of the evolution of Iranian architecture in the Islamic period.

Shah Abbassi(Imam) Mosque creates a true sense of harmony with its turquoise dome, minarets and ornate portal-cornice.

Ali Qapu Palace another masterpiece in the collection of 17th-century monuments boasting a richly ornamented interior decoration.

Chehel Sotun Palace a highly ornate reception palace where the Safavids entertained the foreign dignitaries.

Sio Se Pol resting majestically over the widest part of Zayandeh Rud, the longest river of central Iran.

Shahrestan Bridge an architectural masterpiece with secondary channels and additional venting systems.

Naqsh-e Jahan Square (World Heritage Site) and the centerpiece to the majestic collection of palaces, public mosque, madrasa, and bazaar of the ambitious city planning of Shah Abbas the Great.

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque offers a unique experience of artistic devotion with its superb decorative elements.

Grand Bazaar of Isfahan adorning the northern side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, displaying different types of artistically created handicraft items of Isfahan.

Hasht Behesht Palace an architectural masterpiece which bears witness to the grandeur of Safavid Persia.

Khaju Bridge a luxurious bridge, deriving its inspiration from and enhancing many of the features of Sio Se Pol.

Hammam-e Ali Gholi Agha a superb example of a traditional hammam and its overall spirit.

 

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