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Isfahan is half of the World! That is what the citizens of this beautiful city say about Isfahan. As the capital of Iran during the Safavid era (1501-1736), Isfahan is home to several historical and magnificent buildings and structures.
The sparkling Zayandehrud River and dazzling bridges crossing it, traditional bazaar, historical buildings, and beautiful Chahar-Bagh pave way are strong reasons to spend days in this colorful historical city.
Isfahan is the city of handicrafts like Minakari (metal enameling), Qalamkari (stamp printing), Khatam Kari (Inlaid objects), Ghalamzani (engraving) and Firuzehkoobi (turquoise inlaying). There are some workshops that you can witness the process of making handicrafts and try a hand!
Also known as Imam square, Naqsh-e Jahan is located in the heart of Isfahan. Being once a part of the palace of Shah Abbas (1571 – 1629), it is now home to several architectural wonders of Iran. Shah mosque (Imam mosque) is located in the southern section of the square. Do not miss the six-story Ali Qapu palace, once the residence of Shah Abbas as an architectural masterpiece. Sheikh Loftollah with its golden tile work is located in the eastern part of this magnificent square. You can also enjoy visiting Isfahan traditional bazaar located at the place.
Si-o-Se Pol Bridge and Khaju Bridge are the most famous bridges over Zayandehrud in Isfahan. Also known as Allahverdi Khan, Si-o-Se Pol is located in the heart of Isfahan. The name of the bridge in Persian means 33, which is the number of its arches. It has magnificent architecture and is the largest water construction in Iran. Khaju Bridge was primarily used as a place for public meetings, however, it is also weir for Zayandehrud. Under its 23 arches, there are several sluice gates by which the Zayandehrud flow is regulated.
If you travel Isfahan, do not miss the chance to walk through the city. Chaharbagh Boulevard, a historical avenue dated back to the Safavid era, is one of the must-see places in Isfahan. The six-kilometer boulevard connects the northern part of the city to the southern part. Strolling in the traditional bazaar and watching and buying handicrafts and Isfahan souvenir can be another part of your walking through the town. Walking another Niasarm Madi (Canal) is a pleasant experience enjoying water running in the canal and green trees along with it. You can also explore the Isfahan neighborhoods during your walk. Don't forget to taste an Armenian coffee at Jolfa neighborhood of Isfahan. Beautiful avenues near the Vank Cathedral is a great place to visit the Armenian district of the city.
The Chehel Sotoun Palace was built by Shah Abbas II (1642-1666). This was the place where the king and his successors host officials and ambassadors. Chehel Sotoun means 40 columns in Persian. Actually, the twenty slender wooden columns of the terrace are reflected in the waters. You can find wonderful frescoes, ceramic artwork, and paintings in Chehel Sotoun.
Do not leave Isfahan city without tasting the delicious sweet, Gaz! It mainly from a sap of angebin, a plant that mostly grows in the Isfahan region and is known as Isfahan’s souvenir. Today, this Persian nougat is made of egg whites, sugar, and pistachio are added to Gaz nowadays. However, high-quality Gaz has a high percent of angebin, and different amounts of pistachio add to it.