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Isfahan , a city Surrounded in its magnificence

Isfahan

Isfahan historically also rendered in English as Ispahan,Sepahan, Esfahan or Hispahan, is the capital of Isfahan Province in Iran, located about 340 kilometres (211 miles) south of Tehran. It has a population of 1,583,609 and is Iran’s third largest city after Tehran and Mashhad. Isfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb “Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast” (Isfahaan is half of the world) Isfahan Tour

The Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahaan is one of the largest city squares in the world and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. It has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city also has a wide variety of historic monuments and is known for the paintings and history. Isfahan Tour

Today Isfahaan, the third largest city in Iran, produces fine carpets, textiles, steel, and handicrafts.The city has an international airport and is in the final stages of constructing its first Metro line. Isfahan Tour

The city is located in the lush plain of the Zayandeh River, at the foothills of the Zagros mountain range. Situated at 1,590 metres (5,217 ft) above sea level on the eastern side of the Zagros Mountains, Isfahan has an arid climate  Despite its altitude, Isfahan remains very hot during the summer with maxima typically around 36 °C (97 °F). However, with low humidity and moderate temperatures at night, the climate can be very pleasant. During the winter, days are mild while nights can be very cold. Snow has occurred at least once every winter . Isfahan Tour

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Isfahan main Attractions

Isfahan traditional bazaar : 

The Isfahan Bazaar is a historical market in Isfahan, Iran, one of the oldest and largest bazaars in the Middle East, dating back to the 17th century. The bazaar is a vaulted two-kilometre street linking the old city with the new.The Bazaar of Isfahan is located in downtown old Isfahan, Iran, in the northern section of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The main entrance called Qeisarieh and you can walk all along to the Friday mosque Jameh Mosque the oldest mosque in Isfahan, and one of the oldest in Iran. More …

Bridges  : 

Isfahaan is located in the heart of Iran where is surrounded by the two main deserts . you can not expect plenty sources of water in this part of Iran . but there is river names Zayande roud ( means life producer ) which is floating through the city of Isfahan and in fact is the main reason of building this city & its civilization . through the centuries Isfahani artists flourished their art in constructing so many eye catching bridges to link the two part of the city in different areas with different purposes . now the bridges are the main touristy attractions in Isfahan . More … 

Vank cathedral : 

Holy Savior Cathedral , also known as Vank Cathedral and The Church of the Saintly Sisters, is a cathedral in Isfahan, IranVank means “monastery” or “convent” in the Armenian language. More …

 Menar Jonban – 14th century : 

The Monar Jonban Shaking Minarets, or Menar-e-jomban, is a monument located in Isfahan, in central Iran. Construction began in the 14th century to cover the grave of Amu Abdollah Soqla. Its notable feature is that if one of the minarets is shaken, the other minaret will shake as well. More … 

 Jame mosque : 

The Jameh Mosque of Isfahān (Persian: مسجد جامع اصفهان‎ – Masjid-e-Jāmeh Isfahān) is the grand, congregational mosque (Jāmeh) of Isfahān city, within Isfahān Province, Iran. The mosque is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site from around 771 to the end of the 20th century. The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan can be found towards the southeast wing of the mosque. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. More …

Ali Qapu (The Royal Palace) : 

Ali Qapu is a grand palace in IsfahanIran. It is located on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square opposite to Sheikh lotf allah mosque, and had been originally designed as a vast portal. It is forty-eight meters high and there are seven floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase. In the sixth floor music room, deep circular niches are found in the walls, having not only aesthetic value, but also acoustic. More …

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque  : 

Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan SquareIsfahan, Iran. Construction of the mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1619. It was built by the chief architect Shaykh Bahai, during the reigh of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty. More …

Chehel Sotoun (The Palace of Forty Columns) : 

Chehel Sotoun is a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool, in IsfahanIran, built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions. In this palace, Shah Abbas II and his successors would receive dignitaries and ambassadors, either on the terrace or in one of the stately reception halls. More … 

Naqsh-e Jahan Square also known as “Shah Square” or “Imam Square”  : 

Naqsh-e Jahan Square, known as Imam Square , formerly known as Shah Square, is a square situated at the center ofIsfahan 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 meters wide by 508 meters long (an area of 89,600 m2). 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.  More … 

Atashgah – a Zoroastrian fire temple. : 

The Fire temple of Isfahan  is a Sassanid-era archaeological complex located on a hill of the same name about eight kilometers west of city center of IsfahaanIran. More … 

 

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attractions outside Isfahaan city : 

Traditional Houses in Kashan 

Tabatabaee house is one of the traditional desert architecture symbols & examples located in Kashan City Center. This beautiful house has been built by Jafar Tabatabaee , a wealthy carpet merchant in 1834.  More…

Agha Bozorg Mosque in Kashan : 

This elegant monument is located in center of Kashan city . Agha bozorg mosque has been built in late 1800s by a very expert architect named Haj Shaban . it took 8 year to complete the whole monument . Agha Bozorg means The Great Sir which is a nickname for Molla Mehdi Naraghi who was a famous Islamic scholar & religious source in Kashan . More …

Fin Garden in Kashan :

Fin Garden in Kashan is a historical Garden in an area of 23000 Square meters . Fin Garden name derived from a spring named Fin in the center of this garden . Garden is 9 km from kashan City center in Amir Kabir Road. The first foundation of this Garden is in safavid time ( 1501 – 1736 ) . Shah Abbas the first who was a safavid king ordered to build Fin Garden . More …

Undergournd City of Huy :

Underground city of Huy is located 10 Km from Kashan city in Isfahan Province . This historical site is a new accidental discovery in Iran . around 10 years ago a local guy wanted to dig the ground of his courtyard to make the foundation of his new building and discovered the ruins of an underground city belongs to at least 1500 years ago !! More …

Abyaneh Village near Kashan 

Abyaneh people resides there for more than 15 centuries & it is one of the oldest places where Iranian ancient people called Aryans inhabited in the central Iran . More … 


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