Important sites you can visit in your travel to Isfahan

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Among the cities of Iran, one of the most remarkable ones is Isfahan (Esfahan). Isfahan is known for its Persian architecture. The rich culture and beautiful nature of the city are in such perfect harmony that one of them seems to reflect the other. Isfahan is the ultimate expression of Iranian and Islamic culture.

Isfahan is one of the main destinations in your Iran trip, as you can see all itineraries of Iran's Travel cover visiting Isfahan too. 


1.    Imam Square

The Naqsh-e Jahan Square (also known as Imam Square) is one of the major attractions of Isfahan that has several architectural wonders. At the southern edge of the square, which is more than half a kilometer long, is the Imam Mosque (or Shah Mosque). Completed in 1629, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is undoubtedly the premier example of Islamic architecture in Iran. Intricate blue mosaics, Holy Quran calligraphy, magnificent glitter, exquisite but delicate minarets, purely geometric floral motifs - stunning aesthetic unity This masterpiece is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. 

Imammosque, Isfahan

2.    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

On the eastern side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, you can see the mesmerizing Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. Sheikh Lotfollah is distinguished for his work of creamy gold tile and its intricate decorations, not to mention the imposing central dome - enchanting inside and out. Unusually minarets, the mosque was originally intended for private use by members of the royal court and was designed by Sheikh Bahai during Shah Abbas's reign.


Sheikh Lotfollah


3.    Ali Qapu Palace

Opposite the Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque, is the six-story Ali Qapu Palace, a royal residence used by Shah Abbas to host his formal meetings. It is Completed at the end of the sixteenth century, it has a variety of wall paintings and murals and the columned terrace has exceptional views of the square and its mosques. The palace, Depicted on the reverse of 20,000 riyals banknotes, is a national treasure, though much of it has fallen under the subsequent ruling dynasties. The sixth-floor music room is a special highlight for the amazing shapes cut into the walls and ceiling.


Aliqapu palace


4.    Chehel Sotuoun Palace

Chehel Sotoon (Sotoun), means "40 columns" Another remnant palace from the Safavid era now is used as a museum. Twenty slender wooden columns in front of the palace are doubled and surrounded by good gardens when reflected in a tall fountain (hence the name). The interior is full of magnificent murals depicting scenes of Safavid court life. Look for Shah Abbas, an agent who hosts an amazing royal feast.


5.    Grand Bazaar

The main entrance to Isfahan’s Grand Bazaar is along the northern edge of Naqsh-e Jahan Square called the Qeysarieh Portal (check out the quaint teashop up the stairs to the left). The Bazaar is a higgledy-piggledy collection of alleys, caravanserais, and schools, with light-holes punctuating the domed, high ceilings. Most of the bazaar was developed in Shah Abbas’ 17th–century building frenzy, although some parts are far older. From touristy knick-knacks to the finest Persian carpets, this bazaar has it all.


Grand bazaar


6.    Si o Seh Bridge

Si o Seh Literally means thirty-three. This bridge, built in the turn of the 17th century, is nearly 300 meters long, making it the longest bridge in the city. The beautifully symmetrical and especially atmospheric Si-Seh Bridge at dawn is one of the most spectacular landmarks in Isfahan and a prime example of the Safavid Bridge. An adjoining teahouse is one of the only places left along the river and worth a visit.


Sio se bridges


7.    Jameh Mosque

The mosque dating back to the eighth century has undergone many refurbishments over the centuries, turning it into a combination of Islamic architecture algorithm and involving the contribution of the Seljuks, Mongols and Safavids. Located north of the Grand Bazaar, the two Seljuk brick domes are certainly the most celebrated aspect of the mosque, though the whole complex - decorated with glazed tile work and ornate motifs - is worth to visit.


Jame mosque yazd

8.    Vank Cathedral

In the early 17th century, hundreds of thousands of Armenian Christians from northwestern Iran were resettled by Shah Abbas in Isfahan - the Vank Cathedral was the most impressive worship site subsequently built. The exterior of the cathedral is of relatively simple brick, brownish-yellow. On the contrary, inside can be described as intricate and colorful wall paintings, containing some disturbing depictions of the terrors of hell. There is also a fascinating museum (showing the original version of Shah Abbas's founding of the new Armenian city) and a memorial to the Armenian Genocide. 

 Vank Chaterdal


9.    Ali Gholi Agha Hammam

Ali Gholi Agha Hammam is a traditional bathhouse as well as an ethnographic museum in the beautiful ancient city of Isfahan. Here you can find statues of people doing bathing and other important steps of the day! This attractive bathroom follows Isfahan's architectural style and consists of two main bathrooms, one large and the other smaller, with a small pool. The place is designed so that when the rays of the lights are illuminated inside the building, the ceramics and tiles reflect the lights beautifully.


10. Sofeh Mountain

Located just outside the city - Sofeh Mountain - an area of outstanding natural beauty that promises fresh air and scenic views of the city. You can reach the summit either by hiking (it takes about an hour) or by the trap. If it snows in the winter and snows in the summer, zero is the perfect place for outdoor recreation if you need to take a break from city traffic.

sofe mountain