Qeysarie Bazaar

Qeysarie Gate

The gate(portal) of Qeysarie Bazaar was the second structure to be constructed in the northern end of the square in safavid era. This Bazaar connects the old square (Atigh Square) to the new one which is the Naghsh-e Jahan Square and works as a transition element, built for the development of trading and acceleration of economy growth.

On the top of this great gate, as a symbol of the Battle of good and evil, the splendorous mosaic work represents two hunters with human bodies, tiger legs and each aiming an arrow to their dragon tail as a Sagittarius zodiac sign. Historian declare that this was the month that Isfahan was founded.

On the top of the Qeysarie Gate, not so long ago, there used to be structure called ”Nagharehkhaneh”, where music would be played at sunrise and sunset.

In the middle of the portal, there is a painting of Shah Abbas at war with the Uzbeks.  Other paintings resemble some hunting frescos painted by European artists. Unfortunately, too much direct sun light along with humid condition have caused some colours of the paintings to fade.

The famous Persian Moaragh mosaic tilework can be seen on the portal and the sides of the corridors. There is a poem from, Sa’di, the famous Persian poet written on the side walls. Each couplet on each side, facing the other.

The grand Bazaar of Isfahan, itself is a complete covered town. Each part of this Bazaar including; cross roads which are called Char-Su (four directions), Caravansaries with rectangular shaped open courtyards and smaller places similar to caravansaries, called Timcheh have certain specifications.

Overview

Opening Hours

Qeysarie Gate: Outdoor 7/24

Location

Qeysarie Bazaar: From Atigh Square To Naghsh-e Jahan Square

Qeysarie Gate: North side of Naghsh-e Jahan Sq, Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) –

Price

Free

Chahar Bagh Abbasi Street

Sio-Se-Pol Bridge which is the longest historical bridge in Isfahan was built to connect the southern part of a street named Chahar Bagh to its eastern part.

Chahar Bagh Street is located on the south side of Sio-Se-Pol Bridge. It was once one of the most splendid streets in the world. It is 5km long and 47m wide.

Today, this street is a paved walking street with old leafy trees planted along the street which creates an extraordinary view.

Madar-i-Shah, a complex placed on this street, consisting of a Caravanserai, a Bazaar and a School. The Caravanserai and The Bazaar were dedicated to the school and school expenses were provided in this way. The school of Chahar Bagh was built in Iranian Islamic architecture, which was built under orders of Shah Sultan Hossein Safavi. It is a two-story school in a way that the lower chamber rooms were devoted to religion lessons and the upper ones for mathematics, medicine and astronomy lessons. Today, this school is in the hands of the Islamic seminary.

Next to Chahar Bagh Street is Shahid Rajaee Park; Seating in the middle of the park, is Hasht Behesht Palace which was built during Shah Suleiman Safavid time. The palace beautiful gilded mosaics and mirror works will catch any tourist’s eyes.

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Isfahan Municipality

Isfahan, a self-sufficient metropolitan city in every field. An encyclopedia of Iranian and Islamic arts and architecture. A great collection of historic monuments.

2

Chehel Sotun Palace

Chehel Sotun is a pavilion in the middle of classic Persian garden. Built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions

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Hasht Behesht Palace

The small Hasht Behesht Palace is the most luxuriously decorated palace in Isfahan.

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Bazar-e Honar

One of the oldest bazaar in Isfahan with a dazzling array of exquisite jewellery. Closed to Abbasi Hotel and Chahar Bagh School.

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Chahar Bagh School

A theological and clerical school to train those who were interested in such sciences with the collection of the most beautiful tiles in Isfahan.

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Abbasi Hotel

The oldest hotel and an unrepeatable heritage in Isfahan architectural style.

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Farshadi Stream

The oldest stream (Madi) in Isfahan.

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Shahrzad Restaurent

One of the best traditional restaurant with traditional foods.

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Madi Niasarm

The longest Madi (stream) in Isfahan.

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Si-o-She Pol Bridge

The longest bridge on Zayandeh River with more than 400 years old.

 

Isfahan Bazaar

Whether on a single day business trip or a 5-day holiday, the grand bazaar of Isfahan is a must for every visitor. You can go for a short walk in the main pathway of the bazaar and get a glimpse of the colours, scents, tastes, architecture and the people of the bazaar so you have a story to tell with a couple of selfies and probably some souvenirs. However, if you can afford, in terms of time, you can spend the better part of a day to stroll down every pathway of the maze of alleys, traveling back in time form late 17th century (Safavid era, when the new Meydan or Square was built) to late 11th century (Seljuk era, when the old Meydan or Meydan Kohneh was constructed). Only the people who work in the bazaar can find their way to their exact destination, so do not even try not to be lost. Indulge yourself in what the centuries-old bazaar has to offer. The lively atmosphere of the shops and shoppers, the gleaming handicrafts, the music of the hammers and copper plates mixed pleasantly with the strong hum of the crowd under the arched roofs. Heavenly light penetrates here and there from the centre of the arches giving the floating particles a magical slow-motion effect. Whether you are here for colours, for music, for history, for photography or just her for a new experience with new people and culture, this place is the right place. Perfect for humans-of-newyork style photography. A rainbow selection of spices for gastro lovers. A tour of the old bazaar of Isfahan is a complete package in itself. Given that it’s located adjacent to the Naghsh e Jahan Square with its significant historical monuments it gives you the false impression that the visit is doable in one day which might not be the best thing to do.

Overview


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Location

From:

Jameh Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

To:

Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. Isfahan, Iran

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

(Nᴂghsh-e Jᴂhãn; نقش جهان)

What happened that in 1598, Shah Abbas I decided to change the capital of the Persian Empire from Qazvin to the more central city Isfahan, is a long and interesting story in itself. But had it not been for this shift UNESCO would now have been one amazing item short of its world heritage sites (Read More…). In the making of the new city, Naghsh-e Jahan Square (meaning “Pattern of the world” had undoubtedly the most important role as it became the new religious, political and economic centre of not only the city of Isfahan, but the entire country.

The best artists and craftsmen of the country were invited to Isfahan and the project of the refurbishment of the city began. The royal palace of Ali Qapu, with its magnificent internal and external architecture provided a spectacular panoramic view of the square for the king, the royal family and their VIP guests. They could watch polo games and occasional celebrations from the balcony of the palace.

Moving clockwise form the palace, on the northern side of the square, is Qeysarieh portal which is the entrance to one of world’s biggest roofed markets. The bazaar of Isfahan is a wonderland of tastes and colours, a comprehensive living history of Persian architecture and a busy maze of pathways, shops, religious schools, restaurants, etc.

Next on the square, on the eastern side right across Ali Qapu, is Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, the private mosque used mainly by the royal family with the religious school underneath in the basement. With its unique dome, Sheikh Lotfollah is another masterpiece on the “pattern of the world”.

On the southern side of the square is the grand Jame Abbasi Mosque, known also as Shah Mosque or Imam Mosque. This was the main congregational mosque of the safavid Isfahan where all important religious gatherings were held including the Friday prayers.  Massive in size, intricate in decoration and unique in its plan, Jame Abbasi Mosque was another symbolic element representing one of the three pillars of the Safavid government: the religious, the administrative and the economic.

In short, Naghsh-e Jahan Square can be seen as the microcosm of the Safavid Persian Empire integrating business, religion and government in such a subtle and smooth manner that the interwoven network of connections between them never interfered with their functional independency.

Overview


Location

Naghsh-e Jahan Sq., Isfahan, Iran

Price

Free

 

Si-o-Seh Pol Bridge

This is probably the most famous of Isfahan’s bridges. It is made up of a series of 33 arches and was commissioned in 1602 by Shah Abbas I from one of his Generals. The name – Si-o-Seh Pol is derived from the Farsi for 33 (Si-o-Seh). The bridge is built on a series of pontoons of great width.
The bridge was originally known as the Bridge of Allahverdi Khan who was the general responsible for its construction. The lower level of 33 arches is surmounted by a second layer, with one arch above each of the pontoons and two arches above the lower single arch, giving it its name and rhythmic appearance. The road along the top is sandwiched between high walls which give some shelter from the wind as well as protection for travelers who can walk along the footpaths on either side to avoid the crush of the traffic. Originally there were frescoes on the walls.
The bridge itself is 295m long and 13.75m wide. The thirty four piers on which it is constructed are 3.49m thick and the arches are 5.57m wide. The southern side of the bridge, where the waters of the Zayandeh run more swiftly has supplementary arches, and it is this that makes them suitable as a tea house. The bridge acted as a springboard for the development of the Khajou Bridge some 50 years later.

(Source: isfahan.org.uk)

Overview


Location

Enghelab Sq. Chahar Bagh e Abbasi St. Isfahan, Iran

Price

Free

 

Khajou Bridge

(Pol-e Khãjou, پل خواجو)

Arguably the finest of Esfahan’s bridges, with traces of the original paintings and tiles that decorated its double arcade still visible, Pol-e Khaju was built by Shah Abbas II in about 1650, but a bridge is believed to have crossed the waters here since the time of Tamerlane. The bridge is as much a meeting place as a bearer of traffic and at nighttime Esfahanis gather under the arches to sing: those with the most convincing voices (or indeed songs) attract sizeable crowds.
The bridge also doubles as a dam with locks in the lower terraced arcade regulating water flow. When the river is full, the sunset from the middle of the bridge is a fine sight – so good, in fact, that a pavilion was built here exclusively for the pleasure of Shah Abbas II. The remains of stone seats built for him to admire the view can still be seen. Legend has it that the eyes of the marble lions guarding either end of the bridge glow in the dark.

(Source: lonelyplanet.com)

Overview


Location

Kamal Smaeel St. Khajou Sq., Isfahan, Iran

Price

Free

 

Madrasa Naseriyeh

There is a madrasa (Islamic seminary) on the corner of the southeast of the Imam Mosque named (Naseriyeh) which was built in the late reign of the first Safavid king (Shah Abbas I) or in the early reign of Shah Safi but with regard to available epigraphs, its tiling and inscriptions go back to the reign of the second Safavid king (Shah Abbas II).

In the southern Iwan (a veranda) of the seminary, There are some epigraphs which one of them is in black Thuluth calligraphy (a kind of Islamic calligraphies) on a yellow background which has been written by the famous calligrapher named Mohammad Reza Imami and its script is Salavat (blessings of God) upon fourteen infallible persons and dated 1077 AH. Around the Mihrab (a place in the mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca) of this veranda, there are some verses of the Holy Quran with the same date and the signature of the above-mentioned calligrapher.

The design of the tiles around the yard of the madrasah has been decorated with blue color and the names: Mohammad (the Prophet of Islam) and Ali (the first Shia leader) which have been written in Bannai Kufic ( a kind of Islamic calligraphy). The term (Infallible figures) is a title chosen by Shiite Muslims to call their grand fourteen personalities including the Prophet Mohammad, Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (Prophet’s daughter) and the twelve divine leaders. In some traditions, the Shia believe fourteen infallible persons to be the very household of the Prophet Mohammad.

There is an epigraph inside the Mihrab written in white Thuluth calligraphy on a tile with a bluish background during the reign of Shah Suleiman Safavi. This epigraph consists of some sayings of the Prophet Mohammad (p.b.u.h.) dated 1905 AH and the autograph of Mohammad Hassan Imami. Since the seminary was repaired during the reign of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, it is called Naseriyeh. The madrasah Naseriyeh has eight rooms located in the southeast angle of the seminary.

The rooms used to be dormitories or classrooms in winter. It has two verandas located in the northeast and the southwest angle. The embellishments used in the madrasah are tiling, Muqarnas ( a type of decoration composed of series of niches embedded within an architectural frame), carving and inscription.

In different eras, there were some prominent scholars who used to study and teach in this madrasah.

Madrasa Naseriyeh free friendly talks schedule
Language Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
English 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 1 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm
French 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 1 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm
Spanish 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm
Arabic 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 1 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm
Other Language Please send your request for check availability

Note:

  • 1 hour from 1 pm – 2 pm is breaking time. You can see congregational prayer at this time in “Shabestan” of mosque

You can ask Madrasa Naseriyeh to set any type of technical meeting or any other information related to Islam and Iranian religious via:

Email: info@naseriyeh.com

Telegram: @naseriyeh1

Overview

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Islamic prayers in Chinese


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM

Iran holiday is close.

Location

Madrasa Naseriyeh, Eastern angle of the Imam Mosque, Naqsh-e Jahan Sq. Sepah St. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) 3132225868

(+98) 9906151309

Price

Free

Jolfa (The Armenian quarter)

New Julfa (literally Jolfa quarter of Isfahan) is the Armenian quarter of Isfahan, Iran, located along the south bank of the river Zayandeh Rood.

Established by Armenians from Julfa, Nakhichevan in the early 17th century, it is still one of the oldest and largest Armenian quarters in the world.

New Julfa was established in 1606 as an Armenian quarter by edict of Shah Abbas I, the influential shah from the Safavid dynasty. Over 150,000 Armenians were moved there from Julfa in Nakhichevan.

All history accounts agree that, as the residents of Julfa were famous for their silk trade, Shah Abbas treated the population well and hoped that their resettlement in Isfahan would be beneficial to Persia.

New Julfa is still an Armenian-populated area with an Armenian school and sixteen churches, including Surp Amenaprgitch Vank, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, and undoubtebly one of the most beautiful churches in Iran.

Armenians in New Julfa observe Iranian law with regard to clothing, but otherwise retain a distinct Armenian language, identity cuisine, and culture.

(Source: realiran.org)

Vank Cathedral in Jolfa Destrict

Overview

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Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 12 AM – 11:59 PM

Location

Jolfa, Isfahan, Iran

Price

Free