Isfahan

Although many descriptive terms about Isfahan are existing, the whole ones who’ve visited the marvelous city of Isfahan believe that it’s great glory is not just limited to the terms and can’t be entirely described by the words. Isfahan is located in the central part of Iran plateau while being so famous of the breathtaking rare Safavid monuments. Half of the world is the most well-known title of the ancient city of Isfahan which is demonstrating the glorious beauty of this highlighted tourism attraction of Iran. Regards to the magnificent hand-painted tilings and the unique islamic-iranian architectural methods, Isfahan is now considered as one of the most beautiful cities and tourism destinations all over the world.

Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque

Isfahan through the history

Isfahan’s history can be divided into 4 different stages which begins with prehistory period, Zoroastrian era, Islamic period and the modern ages. Based on the latest discoveries, the archaeologists have found some man-made objects in Isfahan which dates back to the Palaeolithic ages. The next stage of Isfahan’s history is dedicated to the Zoroastrian era. Within this specific era, Isfahan was so highlighted through the Elamite civilization, Median kingdom, Achaemenid Empire, Parthians kingdom and Sassanid dynasty. These mentioned kingdoms and empire dynasties are known as the most highlighted Empires all over the shining history of Iran. As a matter of fact, Isfahan was so so shining within the Zoroastrian era.

The Islamic era for Isfahan means an awesome development as it has been chosen as the capital city of the extended territory of Iran ruled by the Safavid dynasty. This power muslim dynasty has started to develop the city of Isfahan to be one of the most pioneer cities of Iran, this is why many brilliant mosques, royal palaces and the brilliant Naqsh-e Jahan square has been built. In addition to the islamic monuments, many highlighted churches have also been constructed in Jolfa region of Isfahan, this is a demonstrative fact that the muslims people were living so peaceful and welcoming with Armenians.

Khaju Bridge Old Days

 

Isfahan’s tourism foundations

With no doubt, Isfahan is one of the most popular destinations all over the world, where is embracing some of the most highlighted tourism attractions of Iran; so, the city should embrace some powerful and severe tourism foundations to provide a wide range of services to the wide range of tourists who are entering Isfahan everyday. The international airport of Isfahan welcomes the regular flights of Turkish airlines and Qatar airways, acting as a key-element of entrance to Isfahan. In addition, Isfahan is embracing an extraordinary wide range of hotels, both modern hotels and the traditional ones. 5 star and 4 star hotels in Isfahan are considered as the majority. As one of the most well-known hotels with a universal fame, Abbasi Hotel which is located in the vicinity of the Naqsh-e Jahan square is considered. This hotel is one of the oldest caravanserai all over the world while it is one of the most breathtaking hotels in Iran.

Regards to the attraction, as mentioned before, Isfahan is home to the Safavid monuments including the mosque, bazaar, square and the royal palaces. In addition Isfahan has a flower garden which is also really beautiful and a bird garden which is embracing the most comprehensive collection of the birds all around the country.

Abbasi Hotel

 

 

What to explore?

As you’ve travelled to the land of historical-cultural monuments which are mainly registered as UNESCO World Heritages, Isfahan is going to provide you with the opportunity to explore some of the most highlighted attraction of Iran. The majority of Isfahan’s tourist attractions are located in the vicinity of each other within the central part of the city. It’s highly recommended to start the excursions from the greatest UNESCO World Heritage of Isfahan namely : Naqsh-e Jahan Square. As the second largest square all around the world, it is surrounded by the other most highlighted sites of Isfahan including : Aali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque, Shah Mosque and the great Qeysarieh Bazaar. In addition to these islamic monuments, it’s highly recommended to visit the armenian region of Jolfa which is embracing the most beautiful cathedral of Iran , Vank Cathedral, in addition to many awesome restaurants and Cafe.

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

 

How to get around?

Isfahan is possessing many private and public taxis which will easily transfer you within the whole parts of the city , while you can also use the public buses. Unfortunately, thee is no available subway in Isfahan, but the online taxi system which is available both in Shiraz and Tehran is also available in this city. The online taxi is namely Snapp and works just like Uber, you can easily download the app , both available for IOS and Android, and use a totally safe and cheap rate transfers.

In addition, Omidan Travel is also really willing to provide you with the private transfer services or the car rental services, if you’re looking for a totally unique experience.

 

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Meidan Emam , also known as Naqsh-e Jahan Square, is a Safavid heritage built by Shah Abbas the great at the beginning of the 17th century. The site is surrounded by the majority of other most highlighted sites of Isfahan such as, Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque, Shah Mosque, Ali Qapu palace and Qaysariyyeh Bazaar; which are all demonstrating the awesome architecture of the Safavid dynasty’s pioneer.

 Ali Qapu Palace

The palace is located in the western side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square in front of Sheikh Lotfullah mosque. Ali Qapu palce is constructed in 6 stages which have been used for different purposes while the most highlighted stage was the 6th one, where was the seat of the great Safavid king to watch the Chogan matches in the Naqsh-e Jahan square.

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

Sheikh lotfollah mosque is a well-known historical mosque which is located with the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The mosque has been founded by the order of Shah Abbas I within 18 years and is so unique in terms of architecture and colorful Iranian-Islamic tiling art works.

 

Shah Mosque

Known as the most important historical mosque of Isfahan, Shah mosque ( also named Imam Mosque) is one of the monuments located inside the historical and universal area of Naqsh-e Jahan Square founded by the Safavid dynasty while being one of the most buildings in terms of Islamic- Architecture in Iran. The mosque is a true representative of the rare Islamic-Iranian architecture and decorative arts by possessing the finest arts of that age. 

Chehel Sotoun Palace

Chehel Sotoun Palace is one of the most highlighted historical sites of Isfahan, located in the vicinity of Naqsh-e Jahan Square , founded by the order of Shah Abbas I within an extent of 67,000 square meter. The first core of this palace has been formed by the foundation of the main pavilion of the palace. Within the kingdom of Shah Abbas II, the palace has developed more and more as many decorative arts and mirrors have been added to the site. This site is honored of being registered as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

Qeysarieh Bazaar

Without any doubt, Qeysarieh Bazaar is the greatest traditional bazaar of Iran which is covered by handicraft shops which are presenting the best hand-made handicrafts of Isfahan province in addition to the high quality souvenirs. This bazaar is surrounded the whole are of Naqsh-e Jahan square while presenting a totally traditional and interesting atmosphere to the tourists who are looking for Iranian traditional structures.

Vank Cathedral

Vank cathedral, also known as the holy savior cathedral, is a historical armenian monuments locating in the Jolfa region of Isfahan. The cathedral is really highlighted as it is covered by the rare Iranian-Armenian art and architecture method. The more to explore this awesome holy site, the more you’ll find it’s significances in comparison to the other Cathedrals all over the country.

Historical Bridges of Isfahan

To mention the most highlighted historical bridges of Isfahan, Khaju Bridge and Si-o-se pol bridges are considerable. Both of these bridges have been founded above the Zayandeh Rood River, the main river which passes the middle of the city, by a totally unique architectural style. Although these bridges are so beautiful within the whole times of a day, they are more highlighted within the nights.

Carpet weaving
Brocade weaving
Kilim weaving
Enamel work
Khatam (Inlaid art work)
Engraving on metal
Silver work, jewelry making