The experience of seeing through the past from the balcony of Ali Qapo Palace overlooking Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Sing under the tallest double shell dome
Observe the remained wall paintings from different dynasties (Safavid and Qajar)
Visit a palace with octagonal architecture of rooms and hall
Naghshe-e Jahan Square known as an important historical site was an arena of government (Ali Qapu Palace), Economy (Qeysarie Bazaar), Religion (Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque) and People (Jameh Mosque). They were placed in four corners of The Square as the four main pillars of Safavid reign. Walking up the stairs of Ali Qapu Palace (center of Safavid dynasty) and watching Naghsh-e Jahan Square from the palace balcony is a lifetime experience that will make any tourist fall in love with Isfahan. And you will never regret walking up 200 flights of stairs to reach the hall of music. It is certainly well worth visiting. There is also the experience of singing under the tallest double shell dome with 52 meters height that has a worldwide reputation. In our next site we will be visiting Chehel Sotun Palace. This is the only remaining palace from the Safavid-era, with artworks on the wall They depict specific historical scenes such as king’s ntertainment ceremonies and receptions. Seating in the middle of a beautiful garden 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. Interior hall, rooms, and the exterior design are in octagonal shape.
See a collection of architectures by visiting Atigh Mosque (1400 years of evolution)
See the marble lights of the most famous Shabestan of Atigh Mosque
Visit a traditional bathhouse
A visit to the shaking minarets, both minarets vibrate if one is shook.
In this tour, we will be visiting Atigh Mosque as a collection of Iranian Islamic architecture. Atigh Mosque is one of the most magnificent corners placed in the historical context of Isfahan. Of its beauties Nizam al-Mulk dome, Taj al-Mulk dome, the al-Mihrab Oliyatou (the altar of Master Hydar) and the Beit Al-Sabat shabestan, which is apparently known as Linen tent. Our next site will be a traditional bathhouse. Ali Gholi Agha Hammam Located in Ali Gholi district which includes one Hammam, one ancient Persian gym (Zurkhaneh), a mosque and bazaar complex which dates back to the late Safavid-era. At this moment we can see the bath routine just like it was in Safavid- era. The bathroom consists of two men and women part, each of which includes a dressing room (Sarbine), interiors and sudatorium (garm khane-h). After that we will move to the next place which is Monar Jonban. The shaking minarets are responsible for the worldwide fame of Monar Jonban. Be careful!! Make sure to check the timing of it on our website so you wouldn’t miss it. At the end we will make a visit to Marnan Bridge which was re-bulit and repaired by Armenian Khaje Shafraz. With a glance at the structure of this bridge one can find the piers of Marnan Bridge are likely to the piers of Shahrestan Bridge.
A visit to the Pigeon Tower
Touch on the symbiont circle that stood for four hundred years in a district named New Jolfa
Visit a church made out of clay, mud and brick derived from the culture of Christianity in the heart of Armenian community of Jolfa Isfahan
Three different religions, customs and lifestyles within five hundred meters of walking distance
Listen to Iranian people sing under the Khaju Bridge
On the third day we will be visiting one of the Pigeon Towers in Isfahan. Maybe it sounds odd for a city like Isfahan to have towers for pigeons. In a district named Mardavij there is a Pigeon Tower where pigeons could fly comfortably inside the tower, their guano was collected in the tower and then used for farmlands that used to be located around Mardavij Pigeon Tower. Then we will continue the tour in the Armenian neighborhood of Isfahan. And we will touch on the life and interactions between Armenian Christians and Muslims. After visiting the Music Museum of Isfahan where we can see a collection of traditional authentic Iranian musical instruments with live performance we move on to our next site which will be the Vank Cathedral. Iranian architecture mixed with Armenian architecture will be the first thing that catches your eye in Vank Cathedral. Iranian architecture in the Armenian Church… a dome with indigenous materials like clay, mud and brick. Before entering the church there is Khaje Khachator statue who was the first to bring printing press in Iran. First printed book in the Middle East was published with the help of this device. Glorious paintings inside the chapel, the April 24th memorial monumental sculpture, the smallest scripture in the world and written words on a piece of hair are the things that will surely draw your attention. After visiting the church and walking along Jolfa Street we reach a bridge named Si-o-Seh Pol which is the longest historical bridge in Isfahan. this bridge was instructed in the name of shah Abbas (the first) to connect the southern part of Chahar Bagh to its eastern part. Walking along Si-o-Seh Pol Bridge is a life time experience you will never forget about. The last bridge to be built in Isfahan, safavid era, was Pol-e Joubi. In Isfahani dialect it is pronounced “Choubi”. The bridge was exclusively constructed for the use of the king and his courtiers; they had access to the Haft Dast Palaces (seven handed palaces) through the bridge. Walking along Joubi Bridge will be a pleasant experience. At the end we will make a visit to the most beautiful historical bridge in Isfahan named Khajou Bridge and we will be visiting the mausoleum of Professor Arthur pope which is located near the bridge. Khajou Bridge is one of the most beautiful and the only tiled bridge in Isfahan which will be visited by our professional tour guide.
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