Abbasi Hotel
Abbasi Hotel is a famous hotel in Isfahan located in the old texture of the city. The building of this hotel was actually a caravanserai built 300 years ago by the mother of the last Safavid King, Sultan Husayn (1668-1726), and gifted to the Chahar Bagh seminary as source of income for the school. The caravanserai was still in use in the Qajar e...
Ali Qapu (Imperial Gate) Palace
Naqsh-e Jahan Sq.
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Ali Qapu (Imperial Gate) Palace is a six-story monument on the western side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square where the Safavid Shah Abbas I (1571-1629) spent most of his time, entertained visitors and foreign emissaries and used the upper galleries to watch polo games and military parades.  Ali Qapu is actually a pavilion and the entrance to the royal qu...
Ali Qoli Aqa Bath
Ali Qoli Aqa Bath was built by a Safavid courtier of the same name. The structure has a changing room (sarbineh) and a hot chamber (garm khaneh). There are elevated platforms around the octagonal sarbineh. The bath has been turned into a museum open to the public.
Beyt Lahm or Bethlehem Church
Beyt Lahm or Bethlehem Church is a 17th century church built by an Armenian merchant named Khaje Petros in the Jolfa quarter of Isfahan. This church has the biggest dome among the churches of Isfahan. The church is famous for the exquisite paintings covering its walls which depict biblical scenes.
Chahar Bagh Boulevard
Chahar Bagh (Four Gardens) is an avenue connecting the southern and northern part of Isfahan city. Legend has it that the Safavid ruler Shah Abbas I (1571-1629) was forced to purchase four gardens in order to construct this street in 1591. It is more likely, however, that the avenue was named after the four magnificent gardens on either side of it....
Chahar Bagh School
Chahar Bagh School is a seminary built by the last Safavid King, Sultan Hossein (1668-1726), along the Chahar Bagh Boulevard. To finance the school, a large caravansary was built nearby, which is known today as Abbasi Hotel. The walls and dome of this school are covered in yellow bricks. The variety of tiles used in this school has caused some to c...
Chehel Sotoun
Ostandari St.
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Chehel Sotoun (40 columns) Pavilion in Isfahan was built by Safavid monarch Shah Abbas I (1571-1629) inside a large garden in a 67,000-square-meter area. Shah Abbas II (1632-1666) completed the pavilion, made further additions to it and commissioned its elaborate exterior and interior decorations. Like the palaces of Persepolis, the Chehel Sotou...
Choobi Bridge
Located between Khaju and Si-o Se Pol bridges, Choobi Bridge is a 147 meters long bridge with 21 arches, which was built upon the order of Shah Abbas II (1632-1666) to connect the king’s gardens on both sides of the Zayandeh Rood.
Hakim Mosque
Hakim Mosque is situated at the end of Bazaar-e-Rang Razan (Painter and Dyer's Market) in Isfahan's Bazaar. This glorious mosque, which was built on the ruins of an older structure during the reign of the Safavid Shah Abbas II (1632-1666), has the four-iwan style of architecture. The mosque has various Quranic and poem inscriptions in different Per...
Hasht Behesht Palace
Hasht Behesht Palace or Eight Paradises is the only remaining structure built in the gardens along the historic Chahar Bagh avenue. With its beautiful arches and detailed decorations, this two-story palace was considered a prime example of Safavid architecture. Some of the rooms on the second floor of this palace have fountains and others have fire...
Imam (Shah) Mosque
Naqsh-e Jahan Sq.
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On the south side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square sits the 17th century Imam (Shah) Mosque, which was built during the reign of Safavid ruler Shah Abbas I (1571-1629). The mosque, which is also known as Jame Abbasi Mosque and Royal Mosque, was intended to replace the Jame Mosque of Isfahan as the venue for the Friday Prayers. Construction of the mosque...
Imamzadeh Haroun-e-Velayat
Imamzadeh Haroun-e-Velayat is a 16th century shrine which was built during the reign of Shah Esmail I (1487-1524) and later expanded by his successors. The mausoleum is believed to have belonged to Haroun, one of the sons of the second Shia Imam Hasan ibn Ali (625-670). The façade of this shrine complex is unique because of its magnificent Thuluth...
Imamzadeh Shah Zeyd
Imamzadeh Shah Zeyd is an early Safavid era mausoleum built in memory of one of the sons of the second Shia Imam, Hassan ibn Ali (625-670). Shah Zeyd is well known for its religious wall paintings, particularly its depiction of the scenes from the battle of Karbala. The mausoleum is also notable for its architecture, tilework and unique dome on whi...
Isfahan Bazaar
Naqsh-e Jahan Sq.
Bazaars are one of the most important and central elements in every Iranian city. After mosques, these markets were considered the heart of each neighborhood as they were where people went to buy and sell goods, interact with one another and learn about the latest news and developments in the realm from the town criers walking around their passages...
Isfahan Fire Temple
The Isfahan Fire Temple also known as Atashgah is a Sassanid-era structure, which stands on a mound of the same name along with the remains of several other buildings. Several buildings in this cluster have a classic char taq "four arch" design, which was a characteristic of fire temples of the time, and others have been suggested housed priests an...
Jame Mosque of Isfahan
Sabz-e Meydan
+98 31 344 564 00
One of the oldest and most important religious structures of Iran, the Jame Mosque of Isfahan is magnificent example of the evolution of mosque architecture as well as the development of Islamic arts over twelve centuries. The Jame Mosque is the embodiment of the aesthetic tastes of Persian rulers from the 8th through the 20th centuries. The Isf...
Khaju Bridge
One of the finest bridges in Isfahan, the Khaju Bridge is noted for its beautiful architecture and tilework. Built upon the order of the Safavid king Shah Abbas II (1632-1666), the bridge, which also functioned as a weir and regulated the flow of the river, has 24 arches and is 133 meters long and 12 meters wide. It is said that quicklime and egg...
Menar Jonban
Menar Jonban or the Swinging Minarets are each nine meters wide and 17 meters high. These minarets were added to the mausoleum of 14th century mystic Amu Abdoullah Soqlabi. The main attraction of these minarets is that when one is shaken the other begins to swing and the vibrations can be felt throughout the structure. The minarets were designed by...
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the second largest square in the world after Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, is a masterpiece of Islamic and Iranian architecture, which sits at the heart of Isfahan city in an area of 89,600 square meters. This royal square, which literally means ‘Exemplar of the World,’ was designed by the polymath Sheikh Baha’i (1547...
Saint George Church
Saint George Church or Gevork's church in Jolfa was built in the Safavid era. The foundation stones of this church, which was constructed in 1611, were taken from Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Armenia upon the order of the Safavid rule Shah Abbas I (1571-1629). Because of these stones, Saint George Church is a sacred pilgrimage site for Armenians. Th...
Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque
Naqsh-e Jahan Sq.
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The first of the four monuments dominating Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque was built between 1601 and 1619 for the private use of the royal family during the reign of the Safavid ruler Shah Abbas I (1571-1629). The mosque was named after Sheikh Lutfollah, a Lebanese cleric from Jabal Amel, who was respected by Shah Abbas I and by s...
Si-o-se Pol
Si-o-se Pol or “Bridge of 33 Arches,” is the most famous among the 11 bridges of Isfahan. Built on the order of Shah Abbas I (1571-1629), it is a prime example of Safavid bridge design.
St. Mary and Hakop Church Complex
St. Mary Church is the second oldest church in Isfahan located directly across from Bethlehem Church. This church has been built around Hakop Church, which is considered the oldest church in Isfahan. In 1606, Armenian immigrants who fled from Julfa in Nakhchivan, now an exclave of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the Ottoman massacre of the early...
Takht-e Foulad
Takht-e Foulad is an 800-year-old historical cemetery in Isfahan. During the Safavid era only prominent figures and authorities were buried there but the cemetery later became a public graveyard. The cemetery is the eternal resting place of countless constitutional revolution Bakhtiari and Qajar figures as well as poets, philosophers, religious sch...
Vank Cathedral
Hakim Nezami Intersection, East Nazar St.
+98 31 362 434 71
The biggest of the churches of Isfahan, Vank Cathedral (Holy Savior Cathedral) was built by Armenians, who fled the Ottoman massacre of the early 1600s and found a new home in the city’s Jolfa quarter on the southern bank of Zayandeh River. About 150,000 Armenians fled from Julfa in Nakhchivan, now an exclave of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and s...