The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan

The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
  • ThemeArchitecture/ UNESCO Heritage/ Eastern Bazaar/ Handicraft
  • CodeIRRS42
  • Duration6 hr(s) and 30 min(s)
  • Best TimeSPRING
    What To Expect

    Visiting the Royal Abbasi (Shah) mosque on the south of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square

    Sheikh lotf-Allah mosque on the east is the next to see

    Watching Ali-Qapu Palace;

    Finally, seeing Qeysarieh Portal on the north and then walking to the Bazaar line to visit Timcheh Malek (a roofed carvansarai and bazaar)


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    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Ali-Qapu Palace
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Qeysarie Gate (Portal)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Qeysarie Gate (Portal)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Qeysarie Gate (Portal)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Qeysarie Gate (Portal)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Qeysarie Gate (Portal)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Qeysarie Gate (Portal)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Malek Timcheh (Timcheh Malek)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Malek Timcheh (Timcheh Malek)
    The 6 Must Visit Attractions in Isfahan
    Malek Timcheh (Timcheh Malek)

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    A Best Walking from the Image of the World in the Frame of Naqsh-e-Jahan

    Brewing ideas to move the capital of the Safavid dynasty from Qazvin to Isfahan, being geographically, climatically, politically and strategically more suited to the aims of the kingdom, Shah Abbas the Great ordered the construction of new monuments and sites in Isfahan from 1592 to 1598. One of the earliest constructions, symbolically representing the dynasty and its religious, economic and political pillars, was Meydan-e Naqsh-e Jahan (Naqsh-e Jahan Square).

        To fully experience the beauty and grandeur of the world's second largest square, Meydan-e Naqsh-e Jahan, it would be a good idea to start your tour in the morning. However, if you want to see more of local people shopping or cooling down the rhythm of their lives in the legendary space of the square, haunted by ghosts of kings, guards, merchants and customers of the Safavid era, visit the square at night which is as delightful and mysterious as days. Electric-lamps, running along and intermingling with the square, illuminate the darkness of its nights, playing with the memory of Shah Abbas the Great and his passion for color, light and the 50,000 oil-lamps he set up in the square, creating one of the most beautiful sceneries during the night in the old world of his time. 

    Shah Abbas ordered to build this square on the remnants of Naqsh e-Jahan, a grand garden from the Timurid period. The final work turned into something so splendid that the European travelers of the time compared it to Navona in Rome and Saint Marco in Venice and considered it more fine-looking than them. Plane trees and small streams (Madi), going round the square and then pouring into the pools in front of the Jame Abbasi Mosque and Qeysarieh, decorated the square. During the weekdays, the square was a place of business and trade in the morning and a place of entertainment in the evening. Also, the big square, measuring 525m*159m, was used for playing Polo, the favorite game of Shah Abbas. The evidence to this fact is the gates on the northern and southern sides of the square. 

    However, Zel al-Sultan, the Qajarid prince and governor of Isfahan, brought nothing but devastation to this square. In spite of his minor renovations, the old, tall plane trees, spreading their humble shadow on the square for centuries, were cut down to be used as parts of military cannons. Furthermore, the chambers around the square, once housing prosperous trades, were used to lodge soldiers. Later, during the reign of Pahlavi I, the urban space surrounding the square, such as Darvaze Dolat square, Sepah street and Hafez street, were developed and expanded. Then, a pool, measuring 30 *80, was built in the middle of the square. Flowerbeds were added to the square between the years 1933-1934 and it was lit by electric lamps in 1935. More than 100 shops underwent major renovations in 1938 and they were allocated to presenting handicrafts of Isfahan. According to Reza Shah’s reformations in the administrative system of the country, several official buildings, such as the two banks on the right and left sides of Qeysarieh gateway, were established. The external part of the northern side of the square mainly dates back to the Pahlavi I era.

    After all these ups and downs, this pleasing vastness embraces you with its delicate decorations rather than frightening you with its extreme proportions. However, the spirit of the square is embodied in the magnificent monuments covering the square, pulling you to themselves to spend a little time on their beauty.


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    A) Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)
    Duration : 1 hr(s)
    Point Type: STARTING
    Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)

    Given the importance of the mosque in Iranian culture, the Shah mosque/Jame Abbasi Mosque/ Imam Mosque is a good point to start. This mosque was the first congregational mosque and the biggest mosque in Safavid era and it is the only mosque with three dome chambers in Iran. Several travelers describe the majesty of this mosque such as Pietro Della Valle, Jean Chardin, and Pascal Coste. On the portal, you will see the best tile work of the mosque. This combination of polychromic tiles, faience tiles and inscriptions reflect the prominent example of Safavid decoration. One of the inscriptions is written by Ali-Reza Abbasi, the famo...
    5 MIN(S) BY WALKING
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    B) Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)
    Duration : 1 hr(s)
    Point Type: STOP OVER

    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque  (Lotfollah Mosque)

    Not aligned perpendicularly to the square's eastern wall and put a little way back, you can find the entrance to Sheikh Lotfollah mosque. What captures your attention when you look at the entrance is the lack of minarets and the asymmetry between the dome and the portal. Based on the inscription around the entrance portal, the mosque was completed in 1604. Before you enter, have a look at the exquisite door which is a 400-year monolith plane tree. When you ...

    3 MIN(S) BY WALKING
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    C) Ali-Qapu Palace
    Duration : 1 hr(s)
    Point Type: STOP OVER

     
    The main administrative center of the Safavids, in...

    5 MIN(S) BY WALKING
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    D) Qeysarie Gate (Portal)
    Duration : 30 mins
    Point Type: STOP OVER

    Qeysarie Gate (Portal)

    5 MIN(S) BY WALKING

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    E) Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)
    Duration : 2 hr(s) 30 mins
    Point Type: STOP OVER

    Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)

    5 MIN(S) BY WALKING

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    F) Malek Timcheh (Timcheh Malek)
    Duration : 30 mins
    Point Type: ENDING

    Malek Timcheh (Timcheh Malek) 

    Timche, a small arcaded courtyard, is a Persian word meaning a roofed, commercial space in Bazaar, dedicated to a single type of business. Timche is of different types, based on its plan and the number of floors. Malek Timche is a two-storied roofed area built by Ibrahim Malek al Tojjar, a well-known Qajarid Merchant in 1904. Ibrahim Malek al Tojjar was a well-known philanthropist and sponsored the construction and restoration of several mosques and historical buildings in his time.

    This construction consists of three main parts: timche, saray and baharband (summer open spaces). You will first enter the main part which is a two-storey struct...

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    Tickets
    • Jame Abbasi Mosque (Shah Mosque)3 €
    • Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Lotfollah Mosque)4 €
    • Ali-Qapu Palace4 €
    • Qeysarie Gate (Portal)free
    • Grand Bazaar of Isfahan (Qeysarieh Bazaar)free
    • Malek Timcheh (Timcheh Malek) free
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    Additional Info

    • As all vehicles are prohibited to enter the historical Square from 2014, you have to walk along the Sepah (on the west) and Hafez street (on the east) to reach Naqsh-e Jahan

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    • You can try the delightful taste of Saffron ice cream sold around the square

    • It is highly recommended to meal at the traditional restaurants in this area. You can find a wide variety of local food, snacks and fast food. 


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