Naqsh-e Jahan Square (translated: Image of the World Square)
With the area of 83500 square meters, Naqsh-e Jahan square is one of the greatest squares in the world. It was constructed between 1598 and 1629 and is surrounded in all sides by buildings from the Safavid era. The Imam Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque are among the historic buildings that are located around the Naqsh-e Jahan square.
The Vank cathedral, constructed between 1606 and 1664, is placed in the Armenian district of New Julfa in Isfahan. The cathedral is defined by an enchanting mix of Armenian and Islamic architectural styles. The interior of the Vank cathedral is richly decorated with colorful wall paintings and tilework depicting various biblical stories. Inside the same complex, you will find a graveyard, a memorial to the massacre of Armenians carried out by the Ottomans, a museum and a library.
Chehel Sotoun Palace (Translated: Forty Columns Palace)
Shah Abas II of the Safavid dynasty ordered the construction of this gorgeous palace. He used Chehel Sotoun for his entertainment and receptions. The place contains many frescoes and wall paintings depicting great wars and events, mostly from the Safavid era. The name of the palace, which literally means “Forty Columns”, was inspired by the twenty columns supporting the front pavilion, which when reflected in the water of the pool, appear to be forty.
Five historic bridges cross the Zayandeh River in Isfahan dating back to Safavid period. The most famous among these are si-o-se-pol (Bridge of 33 Arches) and Khaju Bridge. These bridges are open to the public for crossing and make for a memorable experience, a walkway through history.
Jaameh Mosque of Isfahan
With 20,000 sq meters, Jaameh mosque the biggest and probably the oldest mosque in Iran. Sassanid Zoroastrians had used this site for religion activities before the rise of Islam. The first sizeable mosque was built by Seljuks in the 11th century. Additional establishment was added over time. The mosque contains astonishing decorative details, illustrative of stylistic developments over more than a thousand years of Islamic art.