Esfahan Travel guide
Esfahan is Iran’s top tourist destination for good reason. Its profusion of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings gives it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city and the many artisans working here underpin its reputation as a living museum of traditional culture, Walking through the historic bazaar, over the picturesque bridges and across the UNESCO-listed central square are sure to be highlights of a holiday.
Naghsh e jahan square:
The Naqshe-e-Jahan square, measuring 510 by 160 meters is the elegant center of Isfahan – here ends the bazar that starts at the Jame mosque.
The symbol of Isfahan – this is an impressive mosque from outside and inside! There are so many great details, so many small rooms to discover and enjoy.
Sheikh lotf Allah mosque:
This marvellous mosque was built for royal family so there are not any court and minarets. It’s a good place for making pictures and playing with lights. In this mosque you can find out the difference between various types of file works.
Ali Qapou palace:
It has 6th floor with difficult and narrow staircase. You will amaze once going up to Music Hall, where deep circular niches are found in the walls.
Si-o-Seh pol (33 Bridge):
Beautiful old bridge over a surprisingly shallow river, when the water is low and you can walk under the bridge, then note the small inscriptions in some of the stones of which the bridge has been made.
Chehel sotun palace:
Also known as the 40 pillars, due to the reflection of the pillars in the water, Used originally as a venue to host foreign dignitaries, it’s now a museum that holds quite a lot of art.
The bridge also called the Bridge of the Shah, Paul Baba Renkaddin (the path to the monastery and the tomb of Baba Renkaddin and Flat of Steel ) and Paul Hassanbig (the name of the previous bridge destroyed during the reign of Sha’ab, and the bridge was built instead), and of the monuments King Abbas II is Safavid built in 1060 AH.
Hasht behesht palace:
The Hasht Behesht Palace is located behind the Abassi Hotel, and it is a wonderful place to walk to from the hotel after sunset. The park is alive with Iranian families, and the Palace stands as a shadow reminder of the past.
This is an Armenian church which was built in this district when the Armenians fled from persecution by the Turkish. The art work is very bright and a bit garish. A stark contrast is the violence depicted in the Christian themes.
One of the largest and most labyrinthine bazaars of the country was mostly built during the early 16th century, although some of it dates back almost 1300 years.
Not only is this Mosque a must when you visit Isfahan, it should be your first port of call. This Mosque reflects all the historical events over the centuries, the different dynasties and how they contributed to its architecture.