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

Nazhvan Forest Park

This huge park on the outskirts of Esfahan encompasses a large complex of attractions that makes it pleasant The park includes of Birds Garden the Esfahan Aquarium a Sea Shell Museum Reptile House and a Butterfly Collection Each attraction is charged separately and there is no combined ticket. With a picnic, the wooded park makes a pleasant day’s outing, particularly in autumn when the leaves change color. Other attractions inside the park include a small chairlift over the river, horse-drawn carriages, a miniature train and a water park for kids. A Ladies Garden (8am to sunset) gives a bit of respite for women wanting to avoid unwanted attention, kiosks sell limited snacks, there’s a restaurant in the Birds Park and the grounds are serviced with clean toilet facilities.

(Source: lonelyplanet.com)

Overview

Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: 8 AM – Sunset

From 23 September To 20 March: 8 AM – Sunset

Location

Olfat St. Sohrevardi Sq. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) 31 3784 0034

Price

Free

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Sofeh Mountain


Sofeh Mountain

Sofe Mountain

Sofeh Mountain or kuh-Sofeh is a beautiful and popular mountain located in the south part of Isfahan city. This marvelous mountain is a part of Zagros Mountain and stands at an altitude of 2257 meters (above sea level). Near the park there are some beautiful waterfalls and caves which all make this mountain a wonderful place. There is a great forest park which most of the inhabitants spend a lot of time in. Having cable cabin, bowling hall, playground, restaurant, and also zoological park adds more charm to the park and makes this place one of the greatest attractions of the city.

Isfahan was a sea about 60 to 180 million years ago. Sofeh Mountain is the cause of sedimentation of sea. Jurassic and Cenozoic areas are visible in this mountain. Mount Sofeh consist of three layers of geology respectively which are gray layer, yellow and black layers; the least of which goes back to the Jurassic period about 180 million years ago. At the high side hills of Soffeh Mountain, there are some strong castles which were used for defending. This phenomenon has given a magnificence view to this beautiful city.

The path towards the top of the mountain is very safe and has a mild steep This mountain is only moderately challenging and can be tackled by anyone with a basic level of fitness. It will take approximately 2.5 hours to summit the mountain. There is a pathway up, with benches and springs along the way. Mount Sofeh is very popular with the locals, especially in the evenings when the city lights wash over the skyline. The best place you can still find some peaceful areas around Sofeh especially on the top of the mountain.

Sofeh Mountain is a great destination for nature lovers.

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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

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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.

1

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

3

Hasht Behesht Palace

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

4

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.

5

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.

6

Abbasi Hotel

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

7

Farshadi Stream

The oldest stream (Madi) in Isfahan.

8

Shahrzad Restaurent

One of the best traditional restaurant with traditional foods.

9

Madi Niasarm

The longest Madi (stream) in Isfahan.

10

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

naqsh-e jahan square view

(Nᴂghsh-e Jᴂhãn; نقش جهان)

Naqsh-e Jahan Square or as the Iranians would call it, the pattern of the world, shows the splendor of the fifth safavid king, Shah Abbas the great. Shah Abbas 1 and his head architect Ali Akbar Esfahani changed the city structure and expanded the city to the river. Another one of these expansions was designing and building the Naqsh-e Jahan Square (Imam Square) as a symbolic square (the pattern of the world) with representatives of the four main pillars of power.

four main pillars of power in world square

1

jameh abbasi Mosque

On the southern side of the square stands the great portal of the Jameh Abbasi Mosque (Imam Mosque) that represents the people and the popular.

2

Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque

There is The Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque as the religious pole of the square on the eastern side.

3

Ali Qapu Palace

Ali Qapu Palace is a representation  of the government.

4

Qeysarie Bazaar

Qeysarie Bazaar is the economical pole on the north side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

Qeysarie Gate

What is the greatest square in the world?

Naqsh-e Jahan Square has been standing for more than 400 years. The arena of this magnificent square is 83500 square meter. As a matter of fact, Naqsh-e Jahan Square has a bigger area than most famous squares of the world.

Naqsh-e Jahan Square among all the great squares in the world; place des Vosges, the French architecture masterpiece, La piazza San Marco in Venice, the Plaza Mayor de Salamanca in Spain, and … has a different characteristic and a unique “language” of architecture.

History of Naqsh-e Jahan Square until today

The purpose of this Safavid Art

Throughout the history, the square has been used for performing all kinds of festivals, parades, and ceremonies such as; national, governmental and popular ceremonies. Also this is a square just about perfect for a game of polo. The stone goal posts still exist in north and south ends of Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

Polo and horse riding are two of the ancient Persian sports mixed together, played not only for leisure, but also as a display of bravery of men in wars. The royal household would watch the games from the balcony of Ali -Qapu Palace. Apart from this, some executions took place in Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

For the present, Naqsh-e Jahan Square or Imam Square is still used for performing ceremonies and parades on special occasions. There are Traditional shops all around the square for you to explore. Also, Carriage rides are a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

The historic center of Isfahan: on the UNESCO World Heritage List

UNESCO has recognized Meidan Emam as a world heritage site of culture in 1979. As you Walk among this square, it somehow makes you feel as if you are walking through the mystic past.

Overview


Location

Naghsh-e Jahan Sq., Isfahan, Iran

Price

Free

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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

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Khaju 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

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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

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)

Shah Abbas I, who moved his capital to Isfahan, ordered a colony of Armenian Christians from the town of Julfa (now on Iran’s northern border), to move to the village ‘New Julfa’ in Isfahan.

Shah Abbas ensured that Armenian religious freedom was respected. Now, Jolfa district Isfahan holds a prosperous community. Armenians are permitted to hold their own religious ceremonies and activities. The symbiont circle between Muslims and Christians has been standing for more than four hundred years.

Jolfa square is located on the southern side of Zayande-e rood river. It is connected to the other side of the river by Marnan Bridge. Actually, one of Armenian’s architects renovated this bridge.

The Armenian built 25 churches, of which 13 survived. Among all the jolfa churches, Bethlehem (1628) and Vank (1655) are open to visitors.

One of the main attraction in Jolfa is the Vank Cathedral. The Jolfa Vank Cathedral is a masterpiece of architecture. Construction of this cathedral started at the time of Shah Abbas the second. Vank Cathedral is known for holding unique collections of beautiful frescos. They depict stories from the holy bible and Tora. They were painted by Armenian artists during safavid era which you can see as soon as you move into the passage and enter the prayer hall read more.

In Bethlehem church, the prayer hall is decorated with paintings depicting stories from old and new Testaments. There is also a high double layer dome with floral gilded patterns.

Nowadays, 5 of Armenian merchants’ houses, from the Safavid-era, have been converted into Art University of Isfahan.

New Julfa Isfahan has not only a laidback atmosphere, but also a unique setting which is full of life and youthful vibes. Take your time exploring it on foot, but don’t forget to sit back and relax. Plus, there are lots of caffes for an evening tea and dinning places for a night out.

Vank Cathedral in Jolfa Destrict

Overview


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 12 AM – 11:59 PM

Location

Jolfa, Isfahan, Iran

Price

Free

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