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Isfahan

Isfahan is located in the center of the country and capital of Isfahan province, which  is perhaps Iran’s most touristy city, famous for its Islamic architecture, covered bridges, palaces, and mosques.

It’s home to several major tourist sites, such as Imam Square (Naqsh-e Jahan Square), one of the largest — and most beautiful — city squares in the world. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site that features gorgeous Iranian and Islamic architecture.

The fame of Isfahan led to the Persian pun and proverb “Esfahān nesf-e- jahān ast“: Isfahan is half of the world

 

Si-o-se-pol:

Allahverdi Khan Bridge  popularly known as Si-o-se-pol  which means 33 Bridge in Persian is the largest of the eleven historical bridges on the Zayanderud, the largest river of the Iranian Plateau, in Isfahan.

It was constructed between 1599 and 1602, under the reign of Abbas I, the fifth Safavie king (shah) of Iran.

 

Khaju Bridge:

The Khaju Bridge is one of the historical bridges on the Zayanderud, the largest river of the Iranian Plateau, in Isfahan. The Khaju Bridge was built by reign of Abbas II, the seventh Safavid king (shah) of Iran around 1650, , on the foundations of an older bridge.  The bridge is 133 meters long and 12 meters wide with 23 arches.

 

 

Naghshe-jahan Square:

Naghsh-e Jahan Square officially known as Imam Square, located at the center of Isfahan city.  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 560 meters long an area of 89,600 square meters.

 

 

Chehel Sotoun Palace:

Chehel Sotounis a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool, in Isfahan, built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions.

The name, meaning Forty Columns in Persian, was inspired by the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion, which, when reflected in the waters of the fountain, are said to appear to be forty.

The Chehel Sotoun Palace is among the 9 Iranian Gardens which are collectively registered as one of the Iran’s 23 registered World Heritage Sites under the name of the Persian Garden. 

 

Isfahan museum:

  • Museum of Islamic Heritage
  • Contemporary Arts Museum Isfahan
  • Natural History Museum of Isfahan
  • Vank Cathedral Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Isfahan Seashell Museum

Other tourist attractions in Isfahan:

  • JAME MOSQUE OF ISFAHAN
  • Hakim Mosque of Isfahan
  • VANK CATHEDRAL
  • HASHT BEHESHT PALACE
  • MENAR JONBAN
  • ATASHGAH – ZOROASTRIAN FIRE TEMPLE
  • Hamam-e Ali Gholi Agha
  • Saffeh mountain
  • Isfahan birds garden