The City of Art
Overview
Isfahan located in central region of Iran is the number-one tourist destination. Around 16thcentury, people started to call this city as “Isfahan half of the world” for good reason. The special architecture of this famous city with its tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings such as Imam (Shah) Mosque and Ali Qapu Palace spreads a mystical feeling, unique and original in its own kind.
Isfahan’s architecture is mostly reflected in the religious buildings, spectacular palaces and beautiful bridges built during different eras. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, The Great Mosque of Isfahan, Fire temple of Isfahan and Vank Cathedral are some of the impressive religious and historic monuments in the city. The Safavid dynasty palaces (1501–1736) were decorated with mural paintings and eye-catching aesthetic features which amaze every onlooker such as AaliQapu Palace, Chehel Sotoun Palace and Hasht Behesht Palace.
To spend an enjoyable evening in Isfahan, one must try strolling along Zayande River, crossing back and forth on the river's historic bridges like Si-o-seh pol (the bridge of 33 spans), Khaju Bridge and Choobi Bridge.
One more place worth visiting is Monar Jonban which can be considered as the most famous historic monument all over Iran. It’s particularly famous for its Shaking Minerats which are visible for the people watching from the courtyard and the visitors on the roof can see and also feel minor shaking.
Given all these points and facts about this fascinating city, visiting Isfahan will definitely incite your admiration and as many have stated it will be once in a life time experience.
Best Time to Visit
The most pleasant times to visit Isfahan are spring from March to May and autumns from September to November when the weather is warm, pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
Food in Isfahan
Souvenirs of Isfahan
The province of Esfahan is reputed for its handicrafts and can be considered as an important sector in this regard. Besides its own local products, specialties from other provinces of Iran are also produced here. Since this province is highly favored by tourists, it is an obvious fact that handicrafts play a vital part in this area. The most important of these are the following: Carpet weaving, brocade weaving, kilim (or a coarse carpet), enamel work, khatam (inlaid work), engraving on metal, silver work, jewelry making, ceramic and tiles and types of sweetmeats, such as 'gaz' and 'souhan'.
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Isfahan Highlights