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  • ISFAHAN Isfahan is a city in central Iran. Located south of Tehran, it is considered by the locals to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An ancient town and capital of Persia from 1598 to 1722, it was long noted for its fine carpets and silver filigree. Today textile and steel mills take over their place. Its architecture, tree-lined boulevards and relaxed pace make it one of the highlights of Iran's cities. The capital of Isfahan Province, and once the country's capital, the Persians call it "Nesf-e-Jahan", meaning "Half The World". Zayanderud is biggest river of iran center that passes through the city center.

 

Tourist Attractions in Isfahan

 

Coming to Isfahan, do not miss out the Tourist Attractions in Isfahan. Isfahan is counted as the third largest city of Iran and surely is one of the main and important historical city. You can site this cities along the lush plain of the River of Zayandeh. It is located at the foothills of the Zagros Mountains. It is because of the favorable climate that large number of visitors from all over the world flocks to this destination. Isfahan boasts of its Islamic architectural brilliance. You can find many stunning avenues, covered bridges, grand palaces with colorful painting, magnificent mosques and towering minarets. It captures the true spirit of the Islamic country of Iran. The Tourist Attractions in Isfahan upholds the rich cultural heritage of the country.

Some of the major Isfahan Tourist Attractions that you can visit during your Isfahan Tours include the following:

Imam Square

it is also known as the Naghsh- e- Jahan Square. You can site this place at the heart of the city. This historical site has been counted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Many historical buildings surround this Imam Square. Each side of the square, you can find some shops, selling handy crafts and entertainment venues.

The Ali Qapu Palace

This grand palace was built during the early seventeenth century on the order of Shah Abbas the Great that is related to Safavid dynasty. You can site this palace at the western side of the Naghsh – Jahan Square. This majestic building is forty-eight meters in height and is of seven floors, if you go upstairs you will see the nice view of the square. The palace has a great historical importance and testifies the rich cultural heritage of the building. The architectural brilliance of the building will leave you mesmerized.

Si-o-Se-Pol Bridge

This internationally famous bridge consists of thirty three arches. The bridge stretches for 298 meters in length. The interesting thing about this bridge is that it is not only in use as the bridge but also as the dam. Also known as the Allahverdi Khan Bridge, this bridge was constructed during 1599 and 1602.This well-formed bridge is over Zayanderud River that connects both sides of the city.

Grand Bazaar

This is one of the largest markets in the country. This ancient bazaar dates way back to the 1300 years. The main gateway of the bazaar is exquisitely decorated. Inside the bazaar, you can find domes and other architectural brilliance with many sinuous corridors . From here, you can buy various souvenirs for your loved ones.

Masjed-e Jame

This mosque is a museum of Islamic architecture: it displays styles from the 11th century to the 18th Century, from the 11th century to the 18th century, from the stylish simplicity of the Seljuq period (1051-1220), through the Mongol period (1220-1380) and on to the more baroque, Safavid period that each period show arts and cultures of that time . Parts of the mosque have even been dated back to the Buyid dynasty which ruled part of Persia for a few years in the 10th century.

Chehel Sotun Museum & Park

This marvelous pavilion was built as a reception hall by 1st Shah Abbas in the 17th century, in the middle of a big garden. The name means "The Forty Columns", actually there are only 20 columns, but a reflecting pool is provided to see the other 20. A more mundane explanation is that 40 was once used synonymously with' many' in the ancient Persian language, and still is in some quarters. Six friezes were painted on the inside walls, depicting such scenes as the battle between Shah Abbas and the Uzbeks, and Shah Tahmasb entertaining a king from Turkmenistan. One of the interior domes is in a fairly good state of repair, but the other two have only a few traces of gold and other colors. The 67,000 sq meter gardens, with its extremely large pool (110m by 16m), are also superb, and worth a wander around.

Hasht Behesht Palace

This small Safavid garden palace, called Hasht Behasht (Eight Paradises), was built in the 11th century.

Pol-e Khaju (Khaju Bridge)

Built by Shah Abbas I from about 1650. It also works as a dam, and has always been as much a meeting place as a functioning bearer of traffic. It has two levels of terraces overlooking the river, the lower contain locks regulating the flow of the river.

Vank Cathedral

Vank Cathedral (The Church of the Saintly Sisters) - 17th century. The interior is covered with fine paintings and gilded carvings and includes a wainscot of rich tile work. The delicately blue and gold painted central dome depicts the Biblical story of creation of the world and man's expulsion from Eden. Height walls with the glorious paintings around caused a feeling wonderful.

Abbasi Hotel

 It was built at the time of king Sultan Hossein of Safavids about 300 years ago. King   Hossein attributed this magnificent complex of building to his mother. That is why; it is called "the school and caravansaray of Madar-shah" (which means king's mother).But now it is used as a traditional and cultural hotel.

  • Chehel Sotun Museum & Park
  • Si-o-Se-Pol Bridge
  • Ali Qapu Palace
  • Ali Qapu Palace
  • Naghsh-e-Jahan Square
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Chehel Sotun Museum & Park
  • Chehel Sotun Museum
  • Si-o-Se-Pol Bridge
  • Abbasi Hotel
  • Abbasi Hotel
  • Hasht Behesht Palace
  • Naghsh-e-Jahan Square
  • Masjed-e Shah
  • Pol-e Khaju (Khaju Bridge)
  • Pol-e Khaju (Khaju Bridge)
  • Vank Cathedral
  • Vank Cathedral
  • Hasht Behesht Palace

 

Get in

By plane

There are daily flights to Tehran and Mashhad in Iran from Isfahan Shahid Beheshti Airport There are also flights to Damascus, Dubai and Kuwait.

By train

There is a night-train to Tehran and everyday there is a train to Mashhad. There are also trains to Shiraz.

By car

Isfahan is well-served by highways. There are automobile routes to capital Tehran, Kashan, Shiraz, Yazd and Ahvaz. It takes 4 hours from the capital Tehran.

By bus

Isfahan is well connected to most parts of the country by bus . There are buses from Isfahan to Tehran and Tehran to Isfahan every 15 minutes. Also there are a few luxury buses with a so-called "European standard" (very comfortable seats, open mini-bar, etc.). "Royal Safar Iranian" is one of them.

Get around

By Bus

It is easy to get around Isfahan by bus, and possibly the cheapest way as well. Everyone can purchase the tickets on the bus or at the booths at the bus stops. Note that there are separate men (front) and women (rear) sections on the bus.

Do

Take a walk in any of Isfahan's beautiful and well-kept gardens, or go and take a look at the bazaar of Isfahan. You can buy very nice hand-made souvenirs from Isfahan.

Walk along the Zayanderud River beside the ancient bridges. You see many locals doing this every day. Also there are some traditional cafes under the bridge.

Get some takeout food and go to Naqsh-e Jahan Square for a dinner. You'll find many locals doing this especially on Fridays.

Get a taxi to the south of the city to Soffeh Mountain and catch a telecabin up or go bowling at the only bowling alley in the city underneath the telecabin station

Work

There is a technology university known as IUT and there are a lot of technology towns like Sheikh bahaee, Jay, Amir Kabir , Oshtorjaan and many others which all are active in industry. Qualified people would like work in these towns or Mobarakeh steel factory or Melt Iron companies, both active in the steel industry and there are many textiles factories.

Get out

Qom is a holy city a few hundred kilometers away.

There is a new built highway to Kashan where you can get there quickly. Shiraz is located south from Isfahan where is also a historical city in Iran.

The Dasht-e-Kavir (central desert of Iran) is easily reached in about 4 hours bus ride from Isfahan. You'll find oasis, salt lakes, this place is very good to see the stars in the sky at night.

 

Hotels

Abassi hotel         

Kosar hotel           

Aseman hotel       

Sepahan hotel      

Aliqapu hotel        

Part hotel              

Espadana hotel     

Ghasr hotel           

Partikan hotel       

Hasht Behesht Apartment hotel  

Isfahan traditional hotel 

 

 

Climate data for Esfahan

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Record high °C

20
 

23
 

27
 

32
 

37.6
 

41
 

43
 

42
 

39
 

33.2
 

25.5
 

21.2
 

43
 

Average high °C

9.2
 

12.5
 

17.0
 

22.7
 

28.2
 

34.3
 

36.7
 

35.6
 

31.8
 

25
 

17
 

11
 

23.42
 

Average low °C

−2.5
 

−0.4
 

4.1
 

9.3
 

13.7
 

18.5
 

21.0
 

19.1
 

14.7

8.9
 

3.2
 

−1
 

9.05
 

Record low °C

−19.4
 

−12.2
 

−6.2
 

−4

4.5
 

10
 

13
 

11
 

5
 

0
 

−8
 

−13
 

−19.4
 

Precipitation  mm

19.9
 

14.2
 

21.7
 

18.9
 

8.7
 

1.2
 

1.7
 

0.3
 

0.1
 

3.9
 

12.5
 

19.7
 

122.8
 

% humidity

60

50

43

40

34

25

25

26

28

38

50

60

39.9

 

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