How to visit Isfahan
Isfahan is the most important and beautiful tourist destination for all travelers. This beautiful historic city with the most beautiful architectural monuments and hospitable people grabs the heart of the tourist. So a trip to Iran without Isfahan or Persian Florence would not be complete. The beauty of Isfahan is not limited to its historical monuments.
The local culture - artworks - crafts - souvenirs and fine restaurants with traditional and international cuisine will have you to stay for many days.
But if you have a limited time, one of our suggestions will help you to visit this city.
1- Half day city tour at the Historical pathway.
2- One-day city tour program.
3- Two days city tour program.
- Half-day city tour
In this half-day excursion, we will visit the most beautiful and important monuments of Isfahan. They are located along a beautiful hiking path.
Therefore, choosing hotels near this route is very important. Therefore, we recommend one of the following hotels:
5-star Hotel: Abbassi Hotel.
4-star Hotel: Safir Hotel
3-star Hotels: Venous - Avin - Setare(Star) - Partikan and Malek Hotels.
This historic route includes the most beautiful Safavid palaces (Eight Paradise or"
We start our tour from Abbasi Hotel. This is one of the most historic and beautiful hotels or old Caravanserai of Isfahan. At the back of Abbasi Hotel and next to Art Passage, has laid one of the most fascinating palaces of the Safavid era.
Why Hasht Behesht Palace
Hasht Behesht palace, A cut of heaven.
Why Hasht Behesht Palace
- Is located in a beautiful garden.
- It is the only palace remained from the Safavid era at Chahar Bagh area.
- Spectacular architecture.
- Easy access to Subway - Chaharbagh St, Abbassi old hotel and other parts.
At the back of Abbasi Hotel and next to Art Passage, laid one of the most fascinating palaces of the Safavid era. This palace is laid close to Bolbol or Nightingales garden which is remained from the Safavid era. This palace is founded by the order of Shah Sulaiman some twenty years after the Chihil Sutton. 'Hasht Bihisht' translates as 'Eight Paradises'.
Nineteenth-century engravings reveal that the interior had been covered with tiles and wall paintings that have since been removed. Some of the original mirror mosaics
Continue Walking Tour of Esfahan with Chehel Sotun Palace
we continue to visit the most beautiful palace of Safavid era. Chehelsotoon or 40 columns is located in the west of Imam Square and south of Sepah Street.
This Royal Palace is out off Imam square area, but in a short distance from it. When you arrive at the garden will see the 20 pillars of the magnificent portico of the palace and its reflecting in the water, that change it to 40 columns. Such reflection can only be seen in the morning as the building looks at the East. Besides, forty is the number of abundance in Iranian culture. Chehel Sotun
This palace is made by the order of Shah Abbas II around the middle of the 17th century as his office to meet the people and foreign ambassadors. This magnificent palace has different halls and rooms for visiting but probably the most outstanding decoration you will see at this palace will be the six huge mural paintings inside showing how Safavid kings protected their power and received other kings and governors. At the lower parts of the walls, there can be watched a series of Iranian miniature paintings depicting mostly courtiers, kings and nobles having a drinking party inside Persian gardens. On the exterior sides of the palace and close to the back of it, you will see
Proceed to Isfahan’s Imam Khomeini Square
There’s just a small park distance between the Chehel Sotoon and Imam Khomeini Square. You cross this area in less than 5 minutes and find yourself in an overwhelming large square. It is decorated with hundreds of shops on the first floor and nice arches on the second floor from the 17th century.
Shah Abbas I, who moved Safavids’ capital city from Qazvin to Isfahan, started this royal project at a virgin ground. This 160 by 500 meters open space was the showcase of the king’s flourishing economy and dedication to Shiite Islam. This sq is decorated with three magnificent buildings, Jame Abbasi or Imam Khomeini Mosque Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Aliqapoo Palace. These magnificent buildings have been completed not once, but all of them started to be constructed more or less around the beginning of the 17th century.
Today, UNESCO recognizes this square as a World Heritage Site and the absolute majority of international travelers love to visit it time and again. It’s beautiful in the morning, but many also love it in the evening with illumination around the monument as well as shops’ window lights.
Imam Khomeini Mosque (World Heritage Site) is located at the Southern part of the square. Although Esfahan had its own Friday mosque Shah Abbas decided to build his royal temple here and also complete the decoration of sq with a big magnificent mosque. This is a breathtaking mosque and Iranian architects have spent the ultimate of their expertise to make it.
The walls of the mosque are covered with the best different Iranian tile and mosaic as well as exquisite inscriptions done by Reza Abbasi, the well-known artist of the Safavid era. The spacious courtyard with four Evans leading to roofed areas of the mosque is marvelously decorated inviting visitors to enter and enjoy the serenity of the temple. This is a 4 Ivan mosque with 2 schools at the courtyards of the mosque. It is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture.
Next Is Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque or private mosque of Royal Family
we have two unique monuments in front of each other at Naghsh e Jahan square. Ali Ghapoo palace and Sheikh Lotfolah mosque, both of them made by the order of shah Abbass. These two buildings shine like jewels in the square and have doubled its beauty. we have two unique monuments in front of each other at Naghsh e Jahan square. Ali Ghapoo palace and Sheikh Lotfolah mosque, both of them made by the order of shah Abbass. These two buildings shine like jewels in the square and have doubled its beauty.
Ali Ghapoo was the Royal Palace so they made a Royal mosque for the family. This mosque is different from all Iranian and Islamic mosques. It has no yard and minarets and is completely covered for the royal family. This mosque is made for the father-in-law of Shah Abbas I.
The fact that it does not have minarets and does not provide a large space for worshipers approves the fact that it was built for use by the royal family members. They could devote their time to the contemplation and worship of God in a quiet and private place. The color of its dome and the beautiful mosaic inscriptions, the exclusive motifs and the interior decoration style have all contributed to the originality of this mosque.
Alighapoo Great and beautiful Palace
A 400 years old building(16th century) without steel structure which was the residence and office of Shah Abbas I. The tallest building of the square with a portico overlooking the square is Aliqapoo palace. A building with different architecture and beautiful decorations, which is decorated by the best artists of that time.
The front of the building has 2 floors with a lofty porch, but in fact, it is a 6 floors building.
Why visit Ali Ghapoo Palace?
- One of the most beautiful monuments of the Safavid period.
- It is located in the historical and global complex of Naghsh e Jahan Sq
- It has unique miniatures and plasterwork.
- Its music room on the sixth floor is a masterpiece of architecture and decoration.
- It has an interesting perspective to Naghsh e Jahan Sq.
The last part of this square is Qeysarie bazar or Soltani Bazaar (Royal Bazar) belong to the 17th century which is located in the northern end of Naghsh-e Jahan square and in front of Imam Mosque. The entrance of this bazar is decorated with different blue tile, painting, arches and a room by the name ”Nagharehkhaneh”, where music would be played at sunrise and sunset. This Bazaar connects the old square (Atigh Square) to the new one which is the Naghsh-e Jahan Square and works as a transition element, built for the development of trading and acceleration of economic growth.
This Bazar has its own traditional and historic style with its old shops has an architectural significance. we can easily call it the most beautiful bazaar of Iran, because of the abundance of craft stores and workshops. You can see different types of crafts and how they are made by craftsmen.
When to visit the Qeysarie Gate You can visit Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Qeysarie Gate at any time. It is thought that the most beautiful sites are in the evening, just before sunset, when the sun caresses the domes of mosques. If you wish to visit the Ali Qapu Palace, plan your visit between 9:00 am and 6:30 pm. The opening hours of the mosques are based on the prayer schedule and differ from season to season.
Lunchtime is now
At this half-day tour, you have visited the magnificent historical sites of Naghsh e Jahan sq and around. It's time to dine and you can select one of the restaurants inside the square or choose other choices outside.
Most stores will close down in the middle of the day and it will not be very helpful to spend your time there during nap time. Thus, you may prefer to rest or participate in other activities. Later in the day, you can come back to the square and explore its workshops, craft shops, etc.
This half-day tour is a rich experience that will impress you and make you familiar with the history of Safavid dynasty will impress you throughout your life.