Isfahan Travel Guide
Isfahan:Â Isfahan is located in prosperous plain of Zayanderud river. It is one of the most important cultural and trading centers in Iran that used to be capital in many historical periods mainly Safavid era.It is specially known for its islamic architecture with tree lined Chahar Bagh street,many palaces and pavilions and Â mosques.
Naqshe Jahan square:Â The central historic square of the city registered as the worldâ€™s heritage sites comprising of three other sightseeing as following:
Imam mosque:The most important mosques from Safavid era located in the southern side of the square. Main attraction of this mosque is the beautiful and artistic tile workings. It was also called as Shah mosque or Abbasi Jame mosque.
Sheikh lotf Allah mosque: This mosque is built on Shah Abbas order in the eastern side of square. Itâ€™s different from other Safavid mosques in not having minaret and apron.
Ali qa pu palace: This six story palace is located in the western side of Imam square. Sound reflection in the entrance hall, different decoration for each story and music hall is some of this palace features.
Zayande river bridges:Â Over the years many bridges have been built on this river crossing through the city which Sio se pol and Khaju might be the most famous ones.
Si-o-SehÂ pol(33 Bridge): This bridge which was built on Allah verdi Khanâ€™s expense in time of Shah Abbas said to be one of the glorious bridges in the world.
Khaju bridge: It is on the east of Sio se pol and more known than the other bridges because of beautiful tile working and architecture.
Chehel sotun palace:Â This palace was built during Safavid era.This palace gets its name from the fact that reflection of the twenty pillar in the poll across the hall make it forty pillars. This palace also has beautiful paintings and tile workings on the walls and ceiling.
Hasht behesht palace:This palace and the surrounding garden is one of the palaces remained from Safavid era.It has two story with beautiful decoration and ornaments.
Vank cathedral:Â A historical church in the Armenian neighborhood of Isfahan city.It was built by Shah Abbas order for Armenians who migrated from Jolfa Azerbaijan.The paintings of walls and ceiling describes Jesus life and are inspired by italian painting style.
Menar-e Jonban (shaking minarets):Â Some of the minarets in Iran have the ability to move which this is one of them. This place is tomb of Abu Abdullah, a dervish. The tomb is popularly known as Manar Jomban because pushing hard against one minaret will start it, and the other minaret, swaying back and forth.
Grand bazaar:Â One of the most historic bazaars in Iran is a maze of carvanserais, mosques and schools which links Naghshe jahan square with Jame mosque. It can be entered at dozens of points, but the main entrance is via the Qeysarieh Portal at the northern end of Naqsh-e Jahan Sq, which is decorated with beautiful tiles.
Shah Abbasi hotel (caravansary):Â A converted Safavid caravansary to a hotel is located in Chahar bagh Ave. It has formal gardens filling the center of the courtyard.
Chahar bagh school:Â A part of an expensive complex including a caravansary and Art bazaar.This school is one of the architecturally important buildings in Isfahan but unfortunately closed to the public for most of the year except in Nowroz.