Esfahan or Isfahan is Nesf e Jahan (Half of the world) is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. One of the reasons for that is Esfahan is the No 1 in the top touristy cities in Iran. the magnificent capital of Sah Abaas Safavid the greatest King after the Islam period.
Esfahan is also famous for excellent architecture and handicraft. To not confuse where to see in Esfahan read on to find out where to see in half of the world Esfahan.
The Church of Saintly Sisters is famous as Vank Cathedral is in Jolfa neighborhood. Jolfa is a neighborhood with the migrated Armenian brought by Shah Abbas to Esfahan. The name of the church is an Armenian word for the monastery. The great interior paintings have made the Vank church among the most popular tourist attractions in Iran and Esfahan.
2.Si o Se Pol (33 arches bridge)
Si-o-Se pol or Allahverdi Khan bridge on the Zayande rud river built from brick and stone. A great example of Safavid architecture to use both as a bridge and also a dam.
The bridge built around 1600, as a result, connected the Jolfa neighborhood to the rest of the city.
Khaju Bridge is also on the Zayande rud river. It is a great place for meetings and also singing especially at night. Some local people in Esfahan sing very well and sing some traditional Persian songs. Both bridges are perfect to be there a night.
4.Naghshe e Jahan sq(Imam square)
Naghshe Jahan or Imam square Constructed between 1598 and 1629 during the Safavid Dynasty in Iran when Shah Abbas the Great moved the capital from Qazvin to Esfahan.the main tourist spot in Esfahan is also a world heritage site in Iran.it is a must on your travel itinerary in Iran. The Maidan was where the Shah and the people met. Built as a two-story row of shops, flanked by impressive architecture, and eventually leading up to the northern end, where the Imperial Bazaar was situated.
The Maidan was where the Shah and the people met.
The square was a busy arena of entertainment and business, exchanged between people from all corners of the world. As Isfahan was a vital stop along the Silk Road, goods from all the civilized countries of the world, spanning from Portugal in the West, to the Middle Kingdom in the East, found its ways to the hands of gifted merchants, who knew how to make the best profits out of them. Ali Qapu, Shah/Imam mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Khan mosque and Qeysarie which is the entrance of the Esfahan Grand Bazaar, are in the Naghsh e Jahan Square.
5.Ali Qapu palace
The name of the palace means “imperial gate” it was first built as the resident and symbolize the power of Shah Abbas on the west part of Naghsh E Jahan square. It has 6 floors that each floor added at different times. The first floor used as the chancellery, the third floor as the Shah’s official receptions the ceiling paintings of Reza Abbasi a great Iranian painter it also has a great view of the Naghsh e Jahan square and the sixth floor as the music hall.
6.Imam Mosque (Shah mosque)
Before the revolution in 1979, it was famous as the Shah mosque and then changed the name to Imam mosque. the mosque is a Unesco world heritage site. Imam mosque as a majestic building is a great example of Islamic era architecture. The entrance has a beautiful blue arched with 2 minarets. another great aspect of the mosque is its unique acoustic feature with huge and high dome inside the mosque. The mosque is a must on your travel to Esfahan.
7.Esfahan Grand Bazaar(Living Museum)
Qeysarie in Grand Bazaar is a historical part of the city of Esfahan.the most activities that happen in Qeysare are Carpet, Kilim and also gold. All around Naghsh e Jahan or Imam square you see a lot of stores they mostly sell handicrafts and the master of the art souvenirs of Iran some of them cost a fortune.
8.Sheikh Lotfollah mosque
As the other monuments in Esfahan Sheikh Lotfollah masterpiece built during Shah Abbas kingdom on the Eastern of Imam square.on your travel itinerary, you spend half a day in Imam square to visit all the attractions. Unlike the Imam mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah mosque used to use as the private mosque and has no minarets. Like Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah mosque turn you to the direction of Mecca where Muslims pray. The interior tiles beautifully designed by Reza Abbasi Iranian very famous calligrapher.
9.Chehel Sotun (40 Pillars)
Another Unesco world heritage site in Esfahan is Chehel Sotun or 40 pillars, which wonders every visitor by its great atmosphere, architecture and historical memories shown as the paintings inside one of its hall. Safavid wars and receptions are on giant paintings on the wall that amazes every visitor.
10.Jame Mosque (Great mosque in Esfahan)
A mosque which is a museum that has experienced 12 centuries of Iranian history, However Jame/Atigh mosque is a reference to Islamic architecture in different eras. Its 4 Iwan plan has made the mosque among the oldest and biggest mosques in Iran.in the mosque which is another Seljuqs, Mongol and Safavid eras.
In conclusion, tourists usually spend 2 days in Esfahan but if you have more time there is a lot to see in Esfahan Half of the world. Esfahan is a must on your travel to Iran.
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