Zayandehrud River

Zayandehrud River

There are ways to spend an afternoon better. Strolling along the Zayandeh River, crossing back and forth on the river’s 11 bridges – or even meandering along the often empty riverbed itself are some of them.  It is especially pleasant at sunset and in the early evening when most of the bridges, five of which date back to the Safavid era, are brilliantly lit.

All but one of the historic Safavid-era crossings lie to the east of Chahar Bagh Abbasi St – the exception is the shorter Pol-e Marnan (Marnan Bridge) – but most people satisfy themselves with the walk from Pol-e Si-o-Seh (Si-o-Seh Bridge) to Pol-e Khaju (Khaju Bridge), and back. Traditionally, Esfahanis  stop to drink tea and enjoy a qalyan at one of the atmospheric teahouses on the Khaju, Chubi and Si-o-Seh bridges.

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Overview

Opening Hours

7/24

Location

Isfahan, Iran

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Price

Free

Shahrestan Bridge

Shahrestan Bridge

This is the oldest of Esfahan’s bridges. Most of its 11-arched stone and brick structure is believed to date from the 12th century, although the pillars themselves remain from a much earlier Sassanian bridge. Although it’s almost 4km east of Pol-e Khaju, it’s a pleasant walk.

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Overview

Opening Hours

7/24

Location

Salman Farsi St. Bozorgmehr Sq. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

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Price

Free

Varzaneh Desert

Varzaneh Desert

Varzaneh Desert in southeastern Isfahan, the desert is located 100 km in the east of Isfahan.  Enjoying the pleasure of walking along the wetland, you can experience desert trails on dunes with an area of 1700 hectares. A city where all its streets go down to Zayanderud river.

Varzaneh Desert is the most accessible desert in Isfahan city, and the unsurpassed breadth of sand dunes in various shapes and sandy landscapes above the slopes of the sand is incontestable. It’s an ideal place for stargazing at night and much more that you will find out by yourself.

Special Species Residing in Varzaneh Desert

One of the most original natural landscapes of Varzaneh is the watery ecosystem with the dryland of Gavkhuni international wetland. Gavkhuni wetland is like a jewel in the central desert of Iran. Some special species of plants are able to grow there including soap root, salsola, reed and different species of tamarisk. Among the birds, are species of blackcock and bittern, as well as storks, herons, gulls, flamingos and ducks cover the wetland’s periphery. In the past, suitable grass coverage made the swamp a rich wildlife region and an important habitat for Persian zebra.

What Is Sand Therapy?

Sand therapy, walking on the sand dunes, cycling, riding an all- terrain vehicle (ATVs), off-roading, skiing on the sand and camel trekking are the tourism capacities of the desert. The beauty of the desert is tied to its boundless calmness and the silence that surrounds all the depths of human existence.

The City of White Dressed Angels

Unique to Varzaneh, are the local women’s costumes. They wear completely white chadors, while women in the rest of Iran, mostly wear black chadors. Many local people speak an ancient Pahlavi sasani dialect.

The other historical attractions of Varzaneh city include:

  • Gav chah
  • Asyab shotor
  • Karbafy workshop
  • Arg-e Ghurtan
  • Wetland Gavkhuni

Overview


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 12 AM – 11:59 PM

Location

Varzaneh, Isfahan Province, Iran

Price

Free

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Takht-e Foulad Cemetery

Takht-e Foulad Cemetery

The most sacred cemeteries of the Islam World

In the south east of Isfahan, there lays one of the oldest historic cemetery of Islamic world. Namely, this cemetery is one of the holiest among Al-Baaghi in Medina, Abotaleb in Mecca, and Wadi-Salaam in Najaf.  This graveyard is known to be a pre-Islamic one since the tomb of Yusha, (who may be the Biblical Joshua), the Jewish prophet, is laid there.

Jean Chardin impression of Takht-e Foulad

The growth of Takht-e Foulad cemetery during the time of Shah Abbas the second (Shah Suleiman) was noticeable. Jean Chardin (French, 1643-1713) is one of the witnesses of this fact. On his journey to Isfahan, he cited over 400 Takyas (sections of the cemetery), monasteries and other structures in the cemetery. In part of his travel account he has mentioned all different parts of Takht-e Foulad.

“The entire area and surroundings of the mausoleums are filled with guest houses, monasteries, takyas, and gardens. A small creek and two huge morgues….”.

Whispered tales of the past

Next to the cemetery, there is a caravanserai belonging to the safavid era which used to be a place for caravans (entering Isfahan from the south) to rest before entering the city. also, it was a place for the gatherings of the Sufis in a monastery.

During safavid era, Takht-e Foulad was specially built for burring courtiers and figures of science and culture. Then, it became a public cemetery during Shah sultan Hossein reign (the last years of Safavid era). Actually, the demolition of Takht-e Foulad began during his reign. Then, it went further during the reign of Fathali Shah (Qajar dynasty). However, he added a complex named madar Shah to this garden of remembrance. It appears that, most of the destructions happened during the time of Zelol Sultan.

Why should there be a scissor or a hair comb sculptured on a gravestone?

Of its main characteristics are the range of variety and notable figures and writings inscribed on the gravestones. They depict history in an artistic way.

As an example, depending on the professions of the people, their gravestones were patterned. As for the barbers there were patterns of scissor or hair comb sculptured on the grave.

Overview


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 12 AM – 11:59 PM

Location

Takht-e Foulad Cemetery, Feiz St., Isfahan, Iran

Price

Free

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Juei Bridge

Juei Bridge

Juei Bridge is among the bridges which were constructed during the safavid era and Shah Abbas the second reign. The Juei Bridge is also known as Choobi (wooden) bridge among the locals. This bridge has 21 arch-shaped sluices. It is 145.7 m long and 4.1 m wide. The bridge used to connect the royal gardens which were placed on the sides of the bridge. Royal gardens such as Saadat Abad, Haftdast, Aeineh Khaneh, and Namakdan which no longer exist. This bridge is placed between the two magnificent Sio-Se-Pol and Khaju Bridges.

Juei means ”with a duct”. According to resources, there was a duct with a copper cover on its surface which was used to prevent water leakage to lower vaults.

The water level in Zayandeh Rud river was high enough for boating when the canals were blocked. The royal family would take seats in the Shahneshins to watch the boating matches and fireworks. Shahneshins are the special places that were used by the king and his guests to seat and watch the celebrations. Today, these two Shahneshins are turned into cozy cafes. Grab a table or a seat to relax for some time under the Juei Bridge.

Overview


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 12 AM – 11:59 PM

Location

Kamal Smaeel St., Isfahan, Iran

Price

Free

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Chahar Bagh Complex

Chahar Bagh Complex is a master piece of architecture, comprised of three main monuments which are Chahar Bagh school, Bazaar of Art and a Caravanserai. Certainly, this complex is exquisite in the history of architecture.

Chahar Bagh Theological School

Chahar Bagh School

Chahar Bagh School is named after the last Safavid king, Shah Sultan Hossein. In some European travel records this school is mentioned as Madrasah Madar-Shah (king’s mother’s school). Although, there is no legitimate written claim of this fact. This monument is considered as the last one of the Safavid era. The school is a master piece of tile work with a garden-like appearance. It has four iwans with 121 rooms. Today, this monument houses a theological college. The Safavid king himself had a room there which he used for his studies. The room is open to visitors. It is equipped with king’s furniture and belongings.

In the center of the courtyard there is a marble pool which is filled with the water that comes from one of the branches of Zayand-e Rud river. This school is actually a part of a splendid complex with a Caravanserai and the Bazaar of Art.

Bazaar of Art

Bazaar Honar

The northern part of the school Opens to Bazaar of Art or as Iranian would call it, Bazaar Honar. The Bazaar was used as a place where supplies for the Caravans could be purchased. Nowadays, it is used as Isfahan’s Gold and jewelry shop.

Caravanserai or Abbasi Hotel

Abbasi Hotel

Abbasi Hotel used to be a 17th century caravanserai. It has been renovated to a magnificent Hotel. This 300-year-old building is placed in the midst of the city of Isfahan. It was built in Safavid-era under the orders of Shah Sultan Hossein. The authentic architecture of this hotel reflects the simplicity and strength of the glory and grandeur of Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

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Marnan Bridge

Marnan Bridge

Marnan Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in Isfahan equal to Ji and Shahrestan Bridge that not much time has passed since its publication but some foundations of the bridge are ascribed to Sassanid era. The bridge has 17 openings at the moment that according to the historians, there were even more in the past. This bridge is also called Sarfaraz and its appellation is that one of the rich religious minorities built or repaired it at Shah Soleiman Safavid time and then it was called Sarfaraz and was known as Sarfaraz for some time.

(Source: tripyar.com)

Overview

Opening Hours

7/24

Location

Marnan Sq. Sa’eb St. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

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Price

Free

Seyyed Mosque

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Overview

Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
From 23 September To 20 March: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location

Masjed Seyyed St. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) –

Price

Free

Sarban Minaret

Most people visiting Isfahan focus on 400 years’ heritage site of Naghshe jahan square and other Safavi era monuments, some of them visit Jame mosque a Saljuk period magnificent mosque but dokhtaran and Masjid(mosque) Ali minarets are standing for about 900 years, this part of the city has been the habitat of Jews. Sarban minaret has about 48 meters height and is 900 years old. Minaret acts as a sign to show the city direction to the Caravans(Traveling groups), ( minaret = the place of fire) . the minaret has 7 parts. it,has been made by brick and a small part is covered by tiles. Simple but beautiful brick works on the body of minaret made it more attractive. Although I have never heard any problems with the visitors but as the minaret is located in the old part of the city inside the old quarters which are themselves interesting especially for western tourists I advise the visitors to be in small groups but not alone.

(Source: tripadvisor.com)

Overview

Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: 7/24

From 23 September To 20 March: 7/24

Location

Saheb al-Zaman Alley, Soroush St. Qods Sq. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) –

Price

Free

Hakim Mosque

A mosque, named Masjed-e Jorjir was built in the 10th century and it was then ruined. On the site of Jorjir mosque a new mosque was planned and constructed. This mosque was called “Hakim Mosque “and was built in 1656. This mosque was constructed by Hakim Davoud a physician of Shah Abbas the second court. Hakim Davoud was forced to move to India. He spent last years of his life at the court of Jahan Shah in India.

(Source: isfahan.ir)

Overview

Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

From 23 September To 20 March: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location

Hakim St. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) –

Price

Free

Chehel Dokhtaran Minaret

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Overview

Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: Outdoor 7/24

From 23 September To 20 March: Outdoor 7/24

Location

Contact

(+98) 31 3772 6869

Price

Free

Ali Mosque Minaret Isfahan

This mosque, next to the Bazar-e Bozorg, has one distinguishing feature: it has an enormous brick minaret that looms over the adjacent square. It may not sport the extravagant tiles of neighboring minarets, but on closer inspection the brickwork is very fine with elaborate patterns traced into the surface. If nothing else, it makes an excellent landmark while trying to navigate the bazaar, especially as it glows like a beacon at sunset.

The surrounding area is full of aged houses with wooden balconies, through which there is an alternative route back to Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Sq. from the Jameh Mosque.

(Source: lonelyplanet.com)

Overview

Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: 8 AM – 1 PM

From 23 September To 20 March: 8 AM – 1 PM

Location

Imam Ali Square, Harounieh District

Contact

(+98) –

Price

Free