Isfahan | اصفهان‎

Have you ever heard about Isfahan, Iran? If I have to be honest with you, I don’t know much about Iran. I heard the name of this city few months ago and I was curious to know more about the architecture of this place, so I made a Google research. Here are few spaces that grabbed my attention. Hope they inspire you!
Isfahan is the capital of Isfahan Province in Iran, located about 340 km south of Tehran and is Iran’s third largest city after Tehran and Mashhad, produces fine carpets, textiles, steel, and handicrafts. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb “‘Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast” (Isfahan is half of the world).

  • Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture. Construction of the mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1618. It was built by the chief architect Shaykh Bahai. It is registered, along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the unique characteristics of the mosque is the peacock at the center of its dome. If you stand at the entrance gate of the inner hall and look at the center of the dome, a peacock, whose tail is the sunrays coming in from the hole in the ceiling, can be seen.








    Pictures: Wikipedia

  • Si-o-se Pol (which means 33 Bridge or the Bridge of 33 Arches) is one of the eleven bridges of Isfahan, Iran. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design.Picture:  Wikipedia

  • Chehel Sotoun is a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool,  built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions. The name, meaning “Forty Columns” in Persian, was inspired by the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion, which, when reflected in the waters of the fountain, are said to appear to be forty.

Iran Esfahan Chehel Sotun _DSC7199
Iran Esfahan Chehel Sotun _DSC7296

Pictures: Flickr | youngrobv (Rob&Ale) 

  • Ālī Qāpū is a grand palace, located on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square opposite to Sheikh Lotf Allah mosque, and had been originally designed as a vast portal. Ālī Qāpū is rich in naturalistic wall paintings by Reza Abbassi. There are floral, animal, and bird motifs.

Pictures: 1,2,3,4.Wikipedia 5,6,7,8.torkzadeh 9.stylepark © Franziska Holzmann

  • Armenian Vank Cathedral (Vank means “cathedral” in the Armenian language) was one of the first churches to be established in the city’s Jolfa district by Armenian immigrants settled by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-1605. The cathedral consists of a domed sanctuary, much like a Persian mosque, but with the significant addition of a semi-octagonal apse and raised chancel usually seen in western churches. The cathedral’s exteriors are in relatively modern brickwork and are exceptionally plain compared to its elaborately decorated interior.

Pictures: Wikipedia 

  • The Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world (some claim that it actually is the largest in the world) and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. It has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city also has a wide variety of historic monuments.

Pictures: 1.londonsquares 2.trekearth 3.feedagg
Information: Wikipedia

What do you think? Would you like to visit Isfahan? I definitely want to visit this city one day!!! And one more thing … Do you know Maz Jobrani? He is an Iranian-born American comedian who is part of the “Axis of Evil” comedy group. He is hilarious!! Here is a short video, that will make you laugh 😉


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26 responses

  1. Maz is absolutely hilarious and the photos os Isfahan are SO beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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    19/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

    • You are welcome!!
      It was a pleasure for me to explore Iran online!! 😉
      Maz and all the guys from “Axis of Evil” are just amazing!! I watch and watch all over again their shows!!!

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      19/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

  2. I love this post. Your selection of photographs is just stunning. Thank you.

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    19/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

    • I am grad you like it 😉
      Thank you for the comment!

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      20/04/2012 at 12:41 AMApr

  3. Beautiful architecture and interiors… so amazing all that detail! And the volume of space in those places!!! Amazing.
    And Maz is hilarious… I think I’ll look for more of his work.
    Great post, Nadia!
    Olga

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    20/04/2012 at 12:41 AMApr

  4. You should see the other guys of “Axis of Evil” 😉 They are all hilarious!

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    20/04/2012 at 12:41 AMApr

  5. Very cool. I have been thinking for a while to visit Iran, well it seems Isfahan is on my list for next year. Thanks for sharing !

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    20/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

    • Great!! Hope you will enjoy your travel to Iran 😉
      You are welcome!

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      20/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

  6. The intricate designs are stunning. Thank you for sharing them. Can’t remember where it was, but I think I’ve seen the “Axis of Evil” before. Could it be on TED???

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    21/04/2012 at 12:41 AMApr

    • yes 🙂

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      21/04/2012 at 12:41 AMApr

  7. Me & Beirut

    My mother in law just came back from Iran. I’d love to visit one day, they must have amazing cities… And i like their food 🙂

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    21/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

    • You should visit it!!
      Btw Do you know Axes of Evil.. The comedy show??

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      21/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

      • Me & Beirut

        No but just googled it, sounds funny!

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        21/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

      • They are Middle Eastern guys and they are hilarious! …You should watch it 😉

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        21/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

  8. I wish there was a love button for this one, great post with amazing pictures!

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    21/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

    • Thank you allot =)

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      22/04/2012 at 12:41 AMApr

  9. Nadia, your photos are unbelieveablly breathtaking! We loved learning about Isfahan 🙂
    Trèsors De Luxe

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    22/04/2012 at 12:41 AMApr

    • You mean “my selection of pictures” 😉 because none of these pictures belongs to me, I have no author wrights for them. I found them on Internet.
      Thank you for the comment =))

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      22/04/2012 at 12:41 AMApr

  10. Beautiful photos!!

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    23/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

    • I am glad you like them 😉

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      24/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

  11. I think I would love to visit here! Although I know I would hurt my neck by the end of the trip looking up at every single one of those amazing ceilings!

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    23/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

    • hehe true!

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      24/04/2012 at 12:41 PMApr

  12. beautiful!! nice blog btw!

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    02/05/2012 at 12:41 PMMay

    • Thank you!!

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      02/05/2012 at 12:41 PMMay

  13. mac

    Wow this place looks just incredible – great pics!
    And thx for the likes 🙂

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    05/05/2012 at 12:41 PMMay

    • You are welcome =)

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      05/05/2012 at 12:41 PMMay

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