Isfahan is one of the most historical cities of Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world and it served as the capital of the Persian Empire in the 16th century. This historic city was known to the world as Nesf Jahan, as a metaphor of owning half the beauty in the world.
This bridge is one of Isfahan’s most scenic bridges, with beautiful blue and yellow tiles adorning some of its volts, and arches. This unique combination of ceramic work and colors are special to Iran’s art work. Khaju Bridge built in 1650 coinciding with Shah Abbas Safavi II reign. It is 133 meters length , 12 meters width and 21 chambers.
This square is also known as Imam Meydan and it is an architectural jewel, that you can easily spend a whole day in, walking and browsing its shops which sell an array of Persian goodies that can easily empty your whole budget for the trip, in one day. The square has more than one historical mosque in its vicinity. Imam Mosque, no words can give this mosque any justice, and is a must see. Ali Qapu Palace is another attraction nestled in the heart of Naqsh Jahan Square, and it is one of the most magnificent palaces in Iran. There is an array of Bazaars inside the meydan, one of the oldest and the most famous is Qaisaria Bazaar. These bazaars are an excellent place for a variety of Persian handcrafts, herbs, and traditional sweets.
One of the palaces that were built in the Safavid Era, and survived is the Chelstoon Palace (40- Pillars). It is located in a vast beautiful garden, with a large pool in front of the palace. The palace area is about 2125 square meters, where the garden is 60000 square meters. The first part of the palace was built during the reign of Shah Abbas the Great, where the secont part, where the splendid frontal porch is, was built at the time of Shah Abbas Safavi II. The palace was used as a guest palace, for foreign delegations, and royalties. Different art work can be spotted in this palace; gold glittering paintings, miniatures, and mirror work.