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 Isfahan is a city in central Iran, Located south of Tehran, it is considered not only by the locals to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Today textile and steel mills are major industries in isfahan. Its architecture boulevards and relaxed pace make it one of the highlights of Iran. The capital of Isfahan province, and once the country's capital, the Persians call it "Nesf-e-Jahan", meaning "Half the World".

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Naqsh-e Jahan Square 

 

Is a square situated at the center of Isfahan city, Iran. Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. It is 160 metres (520 ft) wide by 560 metres (1,840 ft) long (an area of 89,600 square metres (964,000 sq ft)). 

The square is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era.The Shah Mosque is situated on the south side of this square. On the west side is the Ali Qapu Palace. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is situated on the eastern side of this square and at the northern side Keisaria gate opens into the Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Today, Namaaz-e Jom'eh (the Muslim Friday prayer) is held in the Shah Mosque.

 

 ALI QAPU palace

Ali Qapu

ALI QAPU

ALI GAPU palace It is forty-eight meters high and there are seven floors, each accessible by a difficult curved stairs. In the sixth floor music room, deep rounded niches are found in the walls, having not only aesthetic value, but also auditory. It is rich in naturalistic wall paintings by Reza Abbassi, the court painter of Shah Abbas I, and his students.


    Talar Ashraf (The Palace of Ashraf) - 1650.

Talar Ashraf
    Hasht Behesht (The Palace of Eight Paradises) - 1669

 Hasht Behesht

Reportedly built for residence purposes of the King's harem.


   Chehel Sotoun (The Palace of forty columns) - 1647

Chehel-Sotoun

Chehel Sotoun isfahan

Chehel Sotoun isfahan

It is called Palace of forty columns, as there are many columns, and in Iranian, 40 means many. By he way, there are twenty columns, and these are reflected in the pool in front, which might also account for its name. The function of this palace was for holding religious-national ceremonies and royal festivals and for receiving royal ambassadors and guests.


    Madrese Shah (Imam Jafar Sadegh after revolution). The compound was built during Soltan Hossein, a Safavid king, to serve as a theological and secretarial school to train those who were interested in such sciences .The dome and the greater part of the walls are covered in bright yellow bricks which give a feeling of lightness. The entrance gate decorated with gold facade and silver, and the tile-works inside the building are masterpieces of fine art and industry. The central court, with its pool and garden, are surrounded by arcades on two levels, each giving access to a student's room.
    Pol-e Shahrestan (The Shahrestan Bridge) - 11th Century. It is one of the oldest surviving bridges in Iran, built in the 14th Century (C.E.).


Pol-e Khaju

Pol-e Khaju

(Khaju Bridge) - 1650. It is the finest bridge in the province of Isfahan.It was built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650 C.E. This structure originally was ornated with artistic tile works and paintings serving as a teahouse


Si-o-Seh Pol (The Bridge of 33 Arches) - 1602

Si-o-Seh Pol

It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design.
 Pol-e-Joui or choobi ,It is one of Isfahan's oldest bridges and was built in 1665, during the Safavid era.


Vank Cathedral

 Vank Cathedral

(The Church of the Saintly Sisters) - 17th century. The interior is covered with fine paintings and gilded carvings and includes a wainscot of rich tile work. The precisely   blue and gold painted central dome shows the Biblical story of creation of the world and man's expulsion from Eden.
    Kelisaye maryam (maryam church)
Gardens
    Flowers Garden
    Birds Garden


Atashgah

Atashgah

Atashgah a Zoroastrian fire temple. This temple is dramatically set atop a rock on the border of Isfahan and provides a commanding view of the.. You can take one of the blue buses .

 

    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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