Isfahan

  • Lying at the centre of Iran, Isfahan is the most beautiful city in the country. In the north of the bustling city with its vaulted alleys lies the Grand Friday Mosque dating back to the Seljuc era. It boasts more than 470 vaults. In its richly decorated southern section, two minarets stand tall with blue and turquoise shades. Inside, the ceiling is adorned with large alveoles. In the same area, the ...
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  • Ispahan is undoubtedly Iran's richest city in terms of Islamic monuments. It is known for its fabulous palaces and its bridges across the Zayandeh Rud.
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Amy Adejokun
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Lying at the centre of Iran, Isfahan is the most beautiful city in the country. In the north of the bustling city with its vaulted alleys lies the Grand Friday Mosque dating back to the Seljuc era. It boasts more than 470 vaults. In its richly decorated southern section, two minarets stand tall with blue and turquoise shades. Inside, the ceiling is adorned with large alveoles. In the same area, the 15th century Imamzadeh Darb-e Emam stands out for the earthernware in its main hall and the Sareban minaret for its cornices made of enameled stalactites. Discover the Royal square, symbol of the Safavid dynasty, built by the Great Shah Abbas who made the city his capital in 1598. In the background, you can easily recognize the monumental gate of the Imam's mosque. In the central courtyard, the external wall of the vaulted hall displays its white and gilded arabesques. On the eastern side of the square, the mosque of Sheik Lotfollah has a dome, a masterpiece of enamel art. Opposite, you can admire the square and city from the upper floors of Ali Qapa palace. To take a stroll amongst the people, go to Pol-e Khadju. This 17th century barricade bridge rests on a two-tier stone arcade. It is more than 425 feet long. Shahar-Bagh avenue offers its businesses, fashionable shops and cinemas.

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