Chahar Bagh Avenue; The most beautiful street of Isfahan
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Chahar Bagh Avenue was constructed in 1592 by the fifth Safavid king, Shah Abbas the Great. It was one of Shah Abbas's favorite places in Esfahan to the extent that he would attend the planting of every tree. With a width that was originally 48 m, it was constructed among four rows of trees with stone-made streams. Arches and shops were built along the sides of the street reminding one of the great Naqsh-e Jahan Square. These arches and shops were the walls of the royal gardens such as Bolbol (nightingale),
The street was a three-way route; the central stone-paved passage was for caravans and those on horseback. The sideways were decorated with flowers and streams. On Thursdays, the street was closed to the public so that the Shah's harem could enjoy the beauty of the street. Chahar Bagh today has kept its greenery and freshness, although it lacks the atmosphere of Safavid times. Chahar Bagh is the main street of Esfahan today surrounded by shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, and cinemas. It has expanded from both ends and it is now 6 km long on a north-south axis.
Chahar Bagh has been compared with Champs-Elysees in Paris. The Safavid Chahar Bagh was made up of three sections Chahar Bagh Bala (from Azadi Roundabout to Enghelab Roundabout with a length of 2.3 km), Chahar Bagh Abbasi (from Enghelab Roundabout to Darvazeh Dolat of 1.4 km), and Chahar Bagh