Isfahan is the city of art and culture that us located in the center of Iran. The city is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations of Iran. In Persian, Isfahan is called “Nesf-e Jahan” which literary means “half of the world”. The city of Isfahan contains numerous tourist attractions of Iran, most of them are dated in Safavid dynasty, about 500 years ago. Moreover, in terms of natural attractions, there you will encounter many fascinating natures wit picturesque landscapes.
Sincerely, the city of Isfahan has had a significant role in the history of Iran. It’s that, although it was not an important city during the pre-Islamic period, it was a military base where the Achaemenid army camped. According to historians at that time it was called Ispahan which literally means the place or base o of the army. But, little by little during the Islamic period Isfahan progressed until then it was chosen as the dynastic capital by Seljuqs and Safavids.
Undoubtedly, one of the most important tourist attractions of Isfahan is its majestic Jame mosque. The congregational mosque of Isfahan is considered one of the first mosques in Iran which represents the progress of the Persian architecture through the history. This world heritage site of Iran located in the old texture of Isfahan. It has said that Jame mosque of Isfahan used to be fire temple which then was converted to mosque.
Definitely, Naqsh-e Jahan square is the most well-known tourist attractions of Isfahan. This square which is the second biggest square in the world, was built during the Safavid dynasty by Shah Abbas l, about 500 years ago. Moreover, visiting this fascinating tourist attraction of Iran, provides the opportunity of visiting some other historic places, such as; Shah mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, Qeisarieh bazar and Ali Qapu palace. All of these outstanding tourist centers of Iran are located in each side of the square that together they are registered in the UNESCO’s world heritage list.
Like other cities of Iran, Isfahan possesses some historic gardens. In fact, after changing the dynastic capital, from Qazvin to Isfahan, Shah Abbas l ordered to refurbish the city. So, the city was divided into a quadrant by Char Bagh street, according to the sketch of Persian gardens. Along this street some Persian gardens were built, but unfortunately just two of them are remained, Chehel Sotun garden and Hasht Behesht garden. These fascinating historic sites of Iran are the motive of those who want to get to know Persian architecture and the style of Persian gardens, that is registered in the UNESCO’s world heritage list.
The city of Isfahan is also adorned by some historic bridges, as Zayandeh river, Zayandeh Rud, crosses it. Among these historic bridges of Iran, Si-o Se Pol and Khaju bridges are the most important and the most visited ones. Both if these tourist attractions of Isfahan were built during the Safavid dynasty and in addition of connecting the north and south of Chahar Bagh street, or Isfahan, they are places of excursions where people take a walk. It is also attested by historians that Safavid sovereigns celebrated some Persian festivals and celebrations there.
Vank cathedral or Āmenāperkič cathedral is another tourist destination of Isfahan that was built during the 17th century by the immigrant Armenians. This outstanding attraction stands in Jolfa neighborhood where is the hub of Christianism in the south of Iran. More interestingly, the sketch of Vank cathedral is the combination of Armenian style and the Persian architecture. Furthermore, there you will meet some other fascinating attractions, such as; the commemorative tower, the bell tower, the museum and also the amazing atmosphere of the area.
Undoubtedly, Isfahan is one of the most important tourist destinations of Iran where there many interesting monuments, like Naqsh-e Jahan square, Ali Qapu palace, Imam mosque, Sheikh Lotf Allah mosque, The old congregational mosque and so on. Surly, this city will be a part of your unforgettable tour to Iran. Reyhan Travel is one of the best travel agencies in Iran that plans all tour packages of traveling to Iran, including cultural tours, tour to the nature of Iran, religious tours or pilgrimage tours, etc.