Isfahan is one of the most important cities in Iran. The historical city is located in the central part of Iran. Several spectacular historical places, impressive architecture, lovely people, beautiful handicrafts and Zayanderud river in this city have made it famous in the world. Isfahan was selected as the capital of Iran in the Safavid era, and there are many historical remains from that period. The following attractions are some must-see ones; I would advise you to see them.
- Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan or Imam square with about 85000 square meters is one of the biggest historical squares in the world that was built by Shah Abbas between 1598 and 1629 when he chose Isfahan as capital of Iran. This square is located in the heart of this beautiful city, and it was very crowded in the past. Many government officials and people gathered together in this place and talked about important issues. Naqsh-e Jahan square with the unique and creative architecture makes surprised each visitors. The existence of multiple traditional bazaars from the Safavid era surrounding this rectangular square provides visitors with kinds of specific products. I suggest you take a carriage. This square includes of several historical buildings that are considered as the most important of Isfahan’s attractions, like Ali Qapu, Sheykh Lotfollah mosque, and …. Currently Naqsh-e Jahan square is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Ali Qapu
Ali Qapu, one of the masterpieces of Safavid era, is located on the western side of Naqsh-e Jahan square and it means “high door”. This palace was completed in 5 steps by Safavid reign in a 70 to 100 years’ period. Ali Qapu has had great respect among people in the past, so that any guilty who took refuge in this place, no one could get them out unless ordered by Safavid king. This impressive palace with 48 meters’ height has 6 floors with spiral stairs. Each floor has special artistic decorations including the elegant stucco, unrivaled paintings that often are works of the famous artist in that era, Reza Abbasi. Have experience of singing in “music room” and enjoy the reflection of your voice.