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Isfahan(Half of the world)

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The city is located at the center of Iran and known as Isfahan Nesf-e-Jahan (Isfahan half of the world) because of the vast number of tourism spots containing bridges, palaces and other historical placesSi-o-se-pol-thirty three bridges-, most of which are remained from the Safavid dynasty as the capital of Persia. The recommended places for visiting contains:

Si-o-se-pol (thirty three bridges):

The bridge is built in Safavid Dynasty about 500 hundred years ago at the center of the city. The bridge has thirty three arches that transfer the water to other side of bridge equally.

Pol-e-Khajoo (Khajoo bridge):

Just like the Si o Se pol, Pol-e-khajoo is built on the Zayandeh-Rood river in 1650. The bridge has twenty four arches and there is a octagonal pavilion in the center of the bridge that provide a complete view of the river.

Naqsh-e Jahan Square:

known as one of the largest squares of the world. The square is surrounded by covert bazar and markets, which are good places for buying souvenirs, specially Gaz and handicrafts.

Imam mosque:

which formerly known as the Shah Mosque is located at the south side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The mosque is one the very best examples of the Iranian outstanding glories with the unique design and architecture. The marvelous feature of the mosque is that the structure of mosque resonance the voice of Imam and enable him to speak with a low volume voice and still be heard by the people around the mosque.

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque:

is a historical mosque in the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The Mosque is completed in 1619 when Iran was under the reign of Shah Abbas I, from Safavid Dynasty. While unlike other Islamic mosques, there are no minarets, iwans, or courtyard, the interior and exterior designs are extremely complex and graceful. The mosaic tiles are seven colored and the tile work is among the finest in Iran. What is more, the king built the mosque in honor of Sheikh Lotfollah a great religious man who had migrated from Lebanon to the Mashhad and then Isfahan.

Aali Qapu:

Another palace in Isfahan, which is located at the western side of Naqsh-e Jahan square. There are lot ‘s of naturalistic paints on the walls.

Aali Qapu

Chehel sotoun (forty columns):

This is a palace built in the Safavid era. There is a pool just In the front of the palace. The intrance of the building is supported by 20 wooden columns and plus their reflection in the water of the pool, they have made the 40 columns from which the name of the palace is adopted.

Fire Temple:

The temple was used in Sassanid era on the top of a hill in the west of Isfahan. Most of the building are ruin by now, but the evidences of the remained four arches indicate a Zoroastrian fire temple back to pre-6th century. There is a circular tower just at the top of the hill, which was used for military purposes such as watching the enemies movements. The tower is known as the tower of sacrifice.

Vank Cathedral:

which is also known as the Church of the Saintly sister located at the new Jolfa region of Isfahan. The building has been completed at the 17th century and run by the group of Armenian lives there. Inside the church is painted about the stories of Jesus and stories of what happens to the Armenian by the Ottoman Empire. There are a library at the church building containing more than 700 handwritten books and a museum containing the painting and clothes and many other staff which was used at the time.

Eight Heaven:

A palace constructed in the Safavid era at the center of a huge garden. The palace have 2 floors containing beautiful arches and embellishments, which make it one of the glorious architectural remnants of the Safavid era, constructed under Sultan Suleiman order.

 

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