Travel to Iran without Isfahan is not complete
The Chines believe, no trip to Beijing is complete without a famous Peking duck dinner. We say, no trip to Iran is complete without Isfahan. Isfahan is the most important touristic city in Iran. It is a must destination in all of Iran's itineraries. It seems that there’s something in Isfahan that makes the city so likable. According to travelers and tourists who have visited Iran and Isfahan, it is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in Iran. In fact, the people of Isfahan are living at a live museum. The absolute majority of tour operators include Isfahan in their itinerary as the first or last city.
These special features of Isfahan are divided into several categories.
It has been truly said that Egypt was the gift of the Nile and maybe Isfahan is the gift of Zayande Rood. It is the most important and significant natural effect in Isfahan. A historic river with beautiful dazzling bridges over it. This river originates from the Zagros Mountains and after 400 km long ends to Gavkhoony swamp and beside the natural special effects, has provided a great deal of sports facilities for tourists. Lush natural landscapes, beautiful local villages, agricultural plains, orchards, and pristine natural landscapes are some of the beautiful landscapes that have been created for tourists and rafters along its route. There are parks on both banks of the river for kilometers and this lets the Isfahan's people spend some time relaxing in the shade of the trees, stroll with friends and family. The Safavids Royal Gardens(16th to 18th centuries) were irrigated with this river. Its historic bridges like the 33 bridges and Kaju have provided a beautiful and deceptive effect to the river and undoubted Walking along these bridges and watching the sunset is one of the attractions of tourists.
City Planning of Esfehan
Among the historic Iranian cities, Isfahan holds an extremely distinguished place and can be said a lot about the city planning of this beautiful historical city. A green city with tall trees and several fully-shaded streets in different parts of the city. Chaharbagh Street is the most famous of them with tall tree and pedestrian pathway in the middle of it. The urban planners of the Safavid era under Shah Abbas created an open space by the name Naghsh-e-Jahan square between the older Seljukid city and the Zayande-Roud river. It was the greatest sq in the world. Other new constructions were the new Jolfa, Abbas-Abad, and Gabrian. The architects of the Safavid period tried to create new innovations by mixing the Iranian architectural features and especially the Safavid period. As mentioned before, there are parks along the river on both banks of the north and south. You can go jogging, walking, etc. for hours. You can go on a picnic and hire a boat and go boating. There are also good highway system and overpasses and underpasses that helps you make your inner-city trips shorter and more comfortable.
Esfahan's Historical Monuments
Isfahan is known as "Half of the world or museum city "This slogan of Isfahan represents an abundance of Historical monuments Cultural and Artistic in this historic city. Isfahan with more than 6000 historical monuments from different historical periods is a creditable museum of Iranian history, culture, and art. The Iranian architecture in different periods has special and unique architectural features, but there are very few buildings that are comparable to the historical monuments of Isfahan.
Isfahan's monuments have unique architectural techniques, tiling, and decoration, and there are no other ancient monuments in Iran that could match the buildings of Esfehan. Undoubtedly, Naghsh-e-Jahan or Imam Square is at the center of these fantastic arts. This sq with a complex of magnificent monuments and the best Safavid historical sites as Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfolah Mosque, Qesarie Bazar, and Ali Ghapoo Palace was the gem of Safavid architect. There are other mosques such as the ancient Esfehan Friday mosque and other historical monuments which are astonishing and worth visiting. You should add to this unique collection the churches, old houses, the Zoroastrian fire temples, as well as the historical minarets of Isfahan. So, add a free day at end of your schedule for these historic monuments.
Handicrafts of Esfehan and Its Artists
Isfahan is the city of artists. You can see these artisan artists all around the city especially around the Naghsh e Jahan Sq. All around Esfahan, and particularly, in Imam Square can see workshops, art galleries, and shops of handicrafts. You can see the actual artists and craftsmen who are creating beautiful works of art. Various collections of artistic works, carpets, miniatures, and paintings, make Esfehan the city for shopping. These workshops are the best places for chatting with craftsmen not only to know their art but also for buying creditable handicrafts. They will welcome you in their colorful stores and you can visit these valuable artworks. These people are keeping Iranian art alive by following the traditional styles of Iranian art.
Armenian Quarter of Jolfa
One of the most significant features of Isfahan is the presence of Armenians alongside Muslims for several hundred years. This group of minorities religious in Iran has a very long history of inhabiting Iran. The high quantity of churches in different cities of Iran, especially in the region of Azerbaijan is the most important historical document. The Isfahan's Armenians settled in the southern part of the Zayandeh River by the order of Shah Abbas(17th century). Here you not only visit the most beautiful churches of Isfahan but you can also get to know the Armenian culture well. You can find all the Armenian elements, such as the hotels, café restaurant, and their stores. You can enjoy spending time in and having something to drink.
The last section is about the hospitable inhabitants of Isfahan, so proud of their city and happy to welcome foreign travelers. This city is not only for tourists but also for Iranians themselves as one of the tourist destinations. Finally, if there is a spiritual reason to attract the travelers to come back to Isfahan, it is the kindness, generosity, and hospitable people of Isfahan.