Isfahan Sightseeing

Squares and streets

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

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  • Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Also known as shah square or imam square-1602 . The square contains two mosques, a palace, and the bazaar. The square is the largest historical public square in the world after Tiananmen Square in Beijing and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era. This a very popular place for locals to picnic on Friday and holiday evenings.

  • Chaharbagh Boulevard. 1596, dating from the Saffavid era, the avenue is the most historically famous in all of Persia.

  • Meydan Kohne.

  • Shahshahan Square.
  • Mosques

    Shah Mosque

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    The stunning mosques of Isfahan are among the most beautiful and interesting in the world.

  • Imam Mosque, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, south side. Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. It is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its splendour is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.

  • Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, east side. One of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, this mosque is considered to be the most beautiful in Iran. Built in 1602 by Shah Abbas I.= and designed by his chief architect, Sheikh Bahai. The mosque was designed to be a private mosque for the royal family and therefore it does not have any minarets. There is a tunnel from the mosque to the Royal Palace, across the square.

  • Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan, north of Naqsh-e Jahan Square in the old quarter. Started in AD842, this is the first Islamic building to adopt the four-courtyard layout of Sassanid palaces.

  • Hakim Mosque, Hakim (north of Naqsh-e Jahan in the old quarter. One of the oldest mosques in Isfahan. Built by Shah Abbas II between 1656 and 1662. Located on the site of a 10th century mosque. The portal was covered in mud until it was discovered in 1956.
  • Palaces

    Ali Qapu Palace

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  • Ālī Qāpū. Early 17th Century. It is forty-eight meters high and there are seven floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase. In the sixth floor music room, deep circular niches are found in the walls, having not only aesthetic value, but also acoustic. It is rich in naturalistic wall paintings by Reza Abbassi, the court painter of Shah Abbas I, and his pupils. There are floral, animal and bird motifs.

  • Hasht Behesht. 1669, reportedly built for residence purposes of the king's harem. Set within lush gardens which are free to roam if you don't want to go inside the building.

  • Chehel Sotoun. 1647: It is called Palace of forty columns, as there are many columns, and in Iranian, 40 means many. Incidentally, there are twenty columns, and these are reflected in the pool in front, which might also account for its name. The function of this palace was for holding religious-national ceremonies and royal festivals and for receiving royal ambassadors and guests. It's Persian Gardens is one of nine inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Contains some spectacular battle murals.

  • Talar Ashraf. 1650
  • Schools

  • Madreseye Sadr
  • Madreseye Madar Shah . The compound was built during Soltan Hossein, a Safavid king, to serve as a theological and clerical school to train those who were interested in such sciences.The dome and the greater part of the walls are covered in bright yellow bricks which give a feeling of lightness. The entrance gate decorated with gold façade and silver, and the tile-works inside the building are masterpieces of fine art and industry. The central court, with its pool and garden, are surrounded by arcades on two levels, each giving access to a student's room.

  • Madreseye Khajoo
  • Bridges

    Si-o-se Pol, another one of the 11 bridges

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    Walk along the Zayanderud River beside the ancient bridges. You see many locals doing this everyday. However, as a result of a drought and badly planned dam, there is usually no water in the river.

  • Si-o-Seh Pol. 1602. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design. Beautiful whether there is water underneath it or not, there is also a basic eatery at the northern end.

  • Pol-e Shahrestan. 11th Century. It is one of the oldest surviving bridges in Iran, built in the 14th Century .

  • Pol-e Khaju. 1650. It is the finest bridge in the province of Esfahan and built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650 CE. This structure originally was ornamented with artistic tile works and paintings and served as a teahouse.

  • Pol-e Joui. It is one of Isfahan's oldest bridges and was built in 1665, during the Safavid era.

  • Pol-e Maarnaan.
  • Churches and Cathedrals

    Vank Cathedral

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  • Vank Armenian Cathedral. 17th-century Armenian cathedral. The interior is covered with fine paintings and gilded carvings and includes a wainscot of rich tile work. The delicately blue and gold painted central dome depicts the Biblical story of creation of the world and man's expulsion from Eden. Free.

  • Bedkhem Armenian Church. Another interesting combination of Persian and Armenian religious architecture, this large church completed in 1627 is full of stunning paintings and frescoes. Behind Jolfa Square, less than 5 minute walk from Vank Cathedral. Free.
  • Gardens

  • Flowers Garden
  • Birds Garden
  • Others

  • Atashgah - a Zoroastrian fire temple. This temple is dramatically set atop a rock on the outskirts of Esfahan and provides a commanding view of the city . You can take one of the blue buses (ask at the drivers), which will take you there.

  • Buqe'h-ye Ibn-Sina (Avicenna's Dome) - 12th Century.

  • The Tombs of Nizam al-Mulk & Malek Shah - 12th & 18th Century.

  • Jolfa - The Armenian Quarter, it includes one of the most beautiful churches in Iran.

  • Sheikh Bahai Bathhouse - falling apart due to neglect.

  • Pigeon Towers - Built in the 17th century to attract pigeons, whose feces were then used as fertilizer.

  • Hamam-e (Bathhouse) Ali Gholi Agha
  • Source

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    Imam Mosque

    mosque

    Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of P...

     

    Imam Mosque

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    Ālī Qāpū

    museum

    Early 17th Century. It is forty-eight meters high and there are seven floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase.

     

    Ālī Qāpū

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    Started in AD842, this is the first Islamic building to adopt the four-courtyard layout of Sassanid palaces.

     

    Jameh Mosque of Isfahan

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    One of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, this mosque is considered to be the most beautiful in Iran.

     

    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

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    Also known as shah square or imam square-1602 (Meidan Emam). The square contains two mosques, a palace, and the bazaar.

     

    Naqsh-e Jahan Square

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    17th-century Armenian cathedral. The interior is covered with fine paintings and gilded carvings and includes a wainscot of rich tile work.

     

    Vank Cathedral

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    Si-o-seh pol

    bridge

    1602. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design.

     

    Si-o-seh pol

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    1647: It is called Palace of forty columns, as there are many columns, and in Iranian, 40 means many.

     

    Chehel Sotoun

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    Hasht Behesht

    museum

    1669, reportedly built for residence purposes of the king's harem.

     

    Hasht Behesht

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    Khaju Bridge

    bridge

    1650. It is the finest bridge in the province of Esfahan and built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650 CE.

     

    Khaju Bridge

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    Charbagh

    park

    Chahar Bagh Boulevard is a historical avenue in Isfahan constructed in the Safavid era of Iran.

     

    Charbagh

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    The Fire temple of Isfahan is a Sassanid-era archaeological complex located on a hill of the same name about eight kilometers west of cit...

     

    Fire temple of Isfahan

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    The Birds garden of Isfahan was founded in 1990s by the municipality of Isfahan and it's now under supervision of the recreation and welf...

     

    Birds Garden of Isfahan

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    The Flower garden of Isfahan was one of Iran's great green space projects, which was completed in 1990s in Isfahan.

     

    Flower Garden of Isfahan

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    Monar Jonban

    mosque

    The Monar Jonban or Menar-e-jomban, is a monument located in Isfahan, in central Iran.

     

    Monar Jonban

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    The Contemporary Arts Museum Isfahan is a contemporary art museum in Isfahan, Iran, located next to the Museum of Natural History.

     

    Contemporary Arts Museum Isfahan

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    Marnan Bridge

    bridge

    Marnan Bridge is a historical bridge in Isfahan, Iran.

     

    Marnan Bridge

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    Joubi Bridge

    bridge

    It is one of Isfahan's oldest bridges and was built in 1665, during the Safavid era.

     

    Joubi Bridge

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    Takht-e Foulad

    cemetery

    Unfortunately all of the mausoleums from the Ilkhanid era, except Baba Rokn ed-Din mausoleum, which is the oldest structure in Takht-e Fo...

     

    Takht-e Foulad

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    The museum of decorative arts in Isfahan was founded in 1995. More than 3000 artworks from the Safavid and Qajar era are kept in the museum.

     

    Museum of Decorative Arts

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