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

Isfahan Flower Garden

It was founded in 1997 and now it is considered as a very famous place to visit. Flowers play an important role in Iranian lives. Almost all houses have a flower bed. During spring, summer and fall seasons these flower beds are beautified and ornamented with wonderful flowers.

Roses, in different colors are among most popular flowers. There is a kind of Rose called “the Red Mohammadi flower” which has a wonderful fragrant decorates many flower beds in residential houses. Iranian literature has survived with beauties of flowers Isfahan Municipality, knowing the importance of flowers in Iranian lives has founded this attractive Garden. There are hundreds of flower shops busy in all seasons.

The flower garden’s area is about 5.5 hectares and it is divided to different sections. A nice building is located at the entrance for ticket selling. People can purchase flower seeds and useful pieces of information on flowers from the same building. The garden is fascinatedly decorated and it is a popular place of interest.

(Source: isfahan.ir)

Overview

Opening Hours

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

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

Closing Days in 2019

26 May
9 September
10 September

Location

Salman Farsi St. Bozorgmehr Sq. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) 31 3267 2059

Price

200,000 Rls

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Isfahan Birds Garden

It was founded in 1998 by Isfahan Municipality. It is located in a garden which is about 55000 square meters, located in Najvan Park area, at bank of Zayandeh RoodRiver. The birds’ tent is about 17000 square meters. The tent is situated on 16 moveable pillars. The tent is 32 meters high and birds live under this huge tent.

It is one of the most beautiful places, which is visited by local citizens and domestic tourists. It is an ideal place for children to see birds, local birds and various birds brought from different countries. Natural environment has been provided for birds.

(Source: isfahan.ir)

Overview

Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

From 23 September To 20 March: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Closing Days in 2019

26 May
9 September
10 September

Location

Olfat St. Sohrevardi Sq. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) 31 3772 6869

Price

200,000 Rls

Isfahan Aquarium

Overview

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Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: 8 AM – 10 PM

From 23 September To 20 March: 8 AM – 10 PM

Location

Olfat St. Sohrevardi Sq. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) 31 3778 0013

Price

500,000 Rls

Ateshgah (Zoroastrian Fire Temple)

At the center of the Armenian Quarter, a short walk from Vank Cathedral, this delightful square is a good place to sit and watch the world go by. Other than an arcade of ordinary shops propped up by brick pillars and an elaborate sundial, there’s not much to see or do except sit and enjoy this little haven with the locals.

(Source: lonelyplanet.com)

Overview

Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

From 23 September To 20 March: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Closing Days

Location

Saremiyeh St. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) 31 3773 1110

Price

150,000 Rls

Honar Gold Bazaar (Bazaar Honar)

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A dazzling array of exquisite jewelry is for sale in this bazaar dedicated to gold and gems. The broad arcade and opulent shop windows make it worth a stroll even without the intention to buy.

(Source: lonelyplanet.com)

Overview

Opening Hours

From 21 March To 22 September: 8:30 AM – 1 PM and 4 PM – 9 PM (Friday is closed)
From 23 September To 20 March: 8:30 AM – 1 PM and 4 PM – 9 PM (Friday is closed)

Closing Days in 2019

26 May
4 June
9 September
10 September
27 October

Location

Chahar Bagh e Abbasi St. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) 31 3222 5458

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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Atiq Square

Atiq Square or Atigh Square or Kohneh Square or Old Square, in Persian:(میدان عتيق or میدان کهنه) was a focal point of the city of Isfahan for centuries. In the eleventh century when Isfahan was the capital of the Seljuk dynasty, it was the main square and the chief centre of the business and social life of the city. It was an important central focus of the city until Naqsh-e Jahan Square was laid out in the 17th centenary. But even at that time, the Kohneh Square preserved its importance as the centre of the city’s minor activities. With the Jameh Mosque on the north, Qeysarieh Bazaar on the west, Harun Velayat Mausoleum and the Ali Mosque on the south, and the Seljuk palaces on the east, the Kohneh Square served as a prototype for majestic Naqsh-e Jahan Square that Shah Abbas I created in its vicinity.
(Source: wikipedia.org)

Overview


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 12 AM – 11:59 PM

Location

Imam Ali Square, Isfahan, Isfahan Province

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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