Historical and cultural site of Isfahan
Isfahan was the capital city of Iran in number of the Post-Islamic period; however, the peak of city’s glory back to Safavid era. Many visitors like Jean Chardin or Tavernier had been amazed by its stunning architectures, these are the ones who visited Iran in 17th century and reminisced about their itineraries in Isfahan. Numerous monuments, historic bridges (thirty-three bridges) over Zayandeh-Rood River passing through the city, and impressive natural sceneries highlighted Isfahan in the mind of each visitor.
Naqsh-e-Jahan Square is an impressive site added to UNESCO world heritage list that is surrounded by Shah Abbasi Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and Qeisarieh Bazaar. May you wonder if you know that Naqsh-e-Jahan Square was used to be as a Polo field in the Safavid dynasty.
The Ali-Qapu Palace, west of the Naghsh-e-Jahan Square is a Palace with six stories, wonderful ceiling & wall stucco painting and with impressive inlay. This unique Palace used as dwelling place for ambassadors and envoys in the past. Ali-Qapu Palace is one of the attractive architecture that most visitors want to see it.
The Sheik Lotfollah Mosque at the east of Naqsh-e-Jahan Square representing masterpiece of architecture and tile-work in style of Iranian 17th Century. This wonderful Mosque had been built through 18 years by order of the Shah Abbas I, the mightiest king of Safavid dynasty.
Shah Abbasi Mosque in south of Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, also known Imam Mosque is a wonderful example of Islamic architecture of four iwans and with its superb tile mosaic standing splendidly as the one of architectural masterpiece of 17th century.
The Qeisarieh Bazaar whose façade has stunning stucco, one the largest and most luxurious city’s trade center since Safavid dynasty, which all kind of handicrafts can be found there, so easily.
The Chehel Sotun Palace located in middle of vast garden that is one of the most successful and breathtaking architectural plan of those times. There is a beautiful veranda (iwan) with 20 columns in front of entrance door, which its images are being reflected by still water of a pool lying in front of the Palace and that is why the palace called Chehel Sotun means Forty-Columns.
Chahar-Bagh means four gardens with its magnificent doom as well as tile-work, which gives it a great attraction in eyes of visitors that was built only for theology students.
Hast behesht (meaning eight heavens) is an octagonal building in the park of Rajaei, which is well-known among tourists cause of its charming ceiling’s painting.
The historical bridges of Sio-se-Pol and Khaju over Zayandeh-rood River flowing through the city are one of the most notable architectural samples of 17th century, which are the most delightful part of Isfahan, especially during at night.