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Isfahan Attractions

 

Isfahan attractions, A treasure of originality and art

Isfahan is a beautiful city in Iran that has many tourist attractions. This city is mixed with culture and art. To get to know this beautiful city, stay with Sepehran blog.

Ali Qapu Palace

One of the tourist attractions and places of interest in Isfahan is the Ali Qapu Palace. This mansion is located in Naghsh Jahan Square in Isfahan and its unique architecture is an example of architecture in the Safavid era.

This mansion with its unique architecture and decorations that are the work of Iranian artists has attracted the attention of many domestic and foreign tourists.

There are important sections in Ali Qapu Palace. So, the most important of which are the luxurious halls, the unique entrance, the unique music hall and the works of art that can be seen everywhere.

You may be interested to know that the main foundation of this mansion is built of wood.
This doubles the beauty and uniqueness of its architecture. Almost all tourist tours visit the Ali Qapu Palace.

The word Ali Qapu consists of two parts, which when the two words are put together, in Turkish, means “high door”. The entrance to Ali Qapu in the Safavid period was in fact the gateway to all royal buildings in Naghsh Jahan Square. This building was built by order of Shah Abbas I Safavid and its purpose was to show the glory and power of his government.

Details of Ali Qapu Palace

Hence, important government functions such as welcoming foreign guests or official government ceremonies were held in this mansion. When equestrian and polo competitions were held in Naghsh Jahan Square, Shah Abbas and his entourage would roam the balconies of the mansion to watch the competitions.

At that time, this mansion was highly respected and not everyone could easily pass through the entrance of this building. This palace was considered as one of the tallest structures in Safavid times, which was reached by narrow stairs from the first floor to the upper floors.

Usually, because these stairs were high, it was a little difficult to climb them, but there was a beautiful porch on top of it, which was about 20 meters high, and it is very pleasant to watch Naghsh Jahan Square from above. When you are in this porch, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is facing you, Shah Mosque is on the right and Qaisaria Gate is on the left.

If you want to see the great mansion of Ali Qapu, you have to move to Naghsh Jahan Square in Isfahan, which is located near the north of this city. If you go with your vehicle, there is no problem because there is parking there; but because the area is busy and full of tourists, the parking lots may be full and it is better not to go by car. You can visit this mansion every day of the week from 9 am to 6 pm.

Finally, the entrance fee for this mansion is three thousand tomans for domestic tourists and twenty thousand tomans for foreign tourists. If you travel to Isfahan, do not miss visiting Ali Qapu Palace.

 

Imam Mosque of Isfahan

In general, the city of Isfahan is one of the most popular tourist destinations for domestic and foreign tourists. It is one of the most important tourist and historical monuments of Isfahan Imam Mosque, which is located in the heart of Naghsh Jahan Square in Isfahan and is one of the reasons for the beauty of this complex.

Imam Mosque, which has different names such as Soltani Mosque, Shah Mosque and Abbasi Jameh Mosque, is one of the role-playing mosques in the world, which was built during the Safavid period. It can be said that one of the most important Islamic buildings in Iran and at the same time the most famous sights of Isfahan is the Imam Mosque.

Details of Imam Mosque of Isfahan

This mosque, which is a masterpiece in terms of architecture, was built in the 11th century and was registered in 1310 as one of the national monuments of Iran. This mosque is located next to important buildings such as Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Ali Qapu Palace.

Of course, there are other entrances for faster access to the people around the building. This mosque was considered the most important mosque in Safavid times and was unique and important in terms of both grandeur and decoration.

This mosque was built by the order of Shah Abbas I in 1020 AH, whose first goal was to beautify Naghsh Jahan Square. In 1025, when the architecture of the mosque was not yet finished. The tiling of the entrance was completed. In fact, it can be said that this mosque is a valuable example of 11th century Iranian tiling.

The mosque has four porches on the south side of the city and southwest of the courtyard of two schools called Sulaimaniyah and Naseri, the first of which was rebuilt and repaired by Shah Suleiman and the second by Nasreddin Shah.

In the school located in the southwest, a simple stone is placed in a special shape and in a specific place, which represents the real noon of Isfahan in four seasons. It is said to have been calculated by Sheikh Baha’i with several jurists and mathematicians.

So, the upper surface of this stone is in the shape of a right triangle. Its chord is located towards the part that determines the noon and one of its sides is towards the wall and the other side represents the qibla of the mosque. Imam Mosque is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you plan to travel to Isfahan, be sure to visit this mosque.

 

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Another prominent and spectacular attraction of Isfahan is Naqsh-e Jahan Square, which can be said with certainty that it is one of the most beautiful sights of Isfahan. Many ancient and magnificent buildings have been built around this square. This field has seen many ups and downs in different periods throughout history and has sometimes been neglected by some rulers; but today it has maintained its glory more than before and every year many tourists from inside and outside come to Isfahan to see it.

Details of Naqsh-e Jahan Square

This square has had different names throughout history such as Qasr Square, New Square, Big Square and Main Square. Before the Safavid era, there was a beautiful garden in this square called Naqsh-e Jahan. The name of this garden was taken from a city in Azerbaijan, which is named after Nakhchivan today. During the reign of Shah Abbas II, the square expanded and became larger and its name was Naqsh-e Jahan Square. To build this square, the patterns of Atiq Square, which was an old square in the city, were modeled.

The length of Naqsh-e Jahan Square is about 500 meters and its width is about 160 meters. There are 200 two-storey rooms around the square and four valuable historical monuments are located on its four sides. In ancient times, arches were built around the square to protect the building, but today, over time, it has become a modern room. This cultural complex was officially included in the national monuments of Iran in 1313 and was registered in UNESCO in 1979.

Artwork Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Many works of art have been used in this square, among which we can mention the inscription of Alireza Abbasi which is located at the entrance of Imam Mosque.

There is also another inscription at the entrance of the Jameh Mosque, whose calligrapher is Mohammad Reza Emami, who mentions the names of prominent architects in the work.

So,this square is located in the north of Isfahan and is one of the spectacular historical centers of Isfahan. Atiq Square is located in the northeast of this square and is only two and a half kilometers away from this square. Each of the historical monuments built in this square is a symbol of urban life and national solidarity.

The Jameh Mosque is located on the south side of the square and people gather there on different occasions. On its eastern side is the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and on its western side is the Ali Qapu Palace.

 

Chehel Sotun Palace

Another place of interest and tourist attractions of Isfahan is the Chehel Sotun Palace, which annually receives thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. The Chehel Sotun Palace is actually an example of a royal garden that dates back to the Safavid era. This is actually a very small example of the vast garden of the worldview, which in the time of Shah Abbas II in its square, laid the first foundations of the Chehel Sotun Palace. Shah Abbas first built a mansion in the shape of a pergola with small rooms around it, which is known as the original core of Chehel Sotun Palace. Chehel Sotun Palace is one of the historical heritages of Isfahan, which, despite many damages, also has a unique beauty and appearance.

This palace is located among other gardens in the city and through it you can easily access other gardens. In total, these gardens, which were formed along four gardens, were considered one of the architectural masterpieces of Isfahan during the Safavid period. Among these, the role of the forty-column garden is more prominent because the connecting link between this foundation and the other is the urban foundation, that is, the collection of the role of the world. The garden has three entrances, the old door of which is located to the east. After entering the garden, when you go a little further, you will see the large pool in front of the mansion. It also shows the main axis of the garden with the help of trees in the margin to move towards the main path of the palace.

Therefore, in this palace, there is a relatively small slope that contributes significantly to the flow.

Details of Chehel Sotun Palace

In the past, the water needed for the garden was provided from a branch of the “fadan” material, and after traveling a distance from the end of the garden, it entered Naghsh-e-Jahan Square; but today the water needed for the garden is supplied from a deep well. In general, the area of ​​this palace is about 2120 square meters and the building is one meter above the garden level.

 

Chehel Sotun Palace’s Garden

The Chehel Sotun Palace’s Garden is separated from the surrounding area by walls that separate it from other urban buildings. The main porch of the Chehel Sotun Palace is actually located on the base of twenty columns. Because the reflection of the image of these twenty pillars fell on the water, in ancient times it was called forty pillars. Of course, considering that the number 40 has a significant role in Persian literature, it may be another reason that it was called Forty Columns.

Jameh Mosque is one of the historical and cultural symbols of this city. This valuable building has been renovated and repaired over time to become what you see today. It can be said that the Isfahan Jameh Mosqueis one of the oldest historical monuments in Isfahan. The appearance of this mosque is mainly based on the works and decorations that were done during the Seljuk period, but its repair and reconstruction was mainly done during the Safavid period.

However, historians have shown that in this mosque, works related to the Albuyeh period and the third century AH can also be seen. Artifacts from pre-Islamic times were also discovered. Different parts of this mosque are registered in UNESCO and it was stated that this mosque was built about two thousand years ago and has been renovated and rebuilt in different periods; But more and more important plans were made during the Safavid period.

Isfahan Jameh Mosque

Isfahan Jameh Mosque is a symbol of traditional and original Iranian architecture, and considering that different parts of it were built and reconstructed in different eras, the current complex represents the evolution and evolution of traditional Iranian architecture. Of course, there is disagreement about the history and developments of this mosque, but in general, it seems that the original construction of this mosque dates back to the early centuries and the time of the Abbasids. This mosque was built with a pattern of four porches and contains original Iranian architectural and artistic innovations. This mosque has different entrances, each of which connects the space of the mosque to the outside texture.

The nave of this mosque

The nave of this mosque is based on round pillars that have been decorated with beautiful plasterwork. Also, Chehel Sotun Palace and its dome are located in the south porch of the mosque. It is said that this dome was built during the reign of the Seljuk king and the ministry of Khajeh Nizam-ol-Molk and is a unique example of Seljuk era buildings. The northern dome of this mosque is located in the northern part of the courtyard. It is a kind of symmetry of the dome of Khajeh Nizam al-Molk. In general, the architecture of this mosque is unique and for those who are interested in history, it is a unique example of Iranian architecture.

 

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

This mosque has a unique structure that is a masterpiece of architecture. Also, the unique decorations of this mosque have made it one of the unique tourist attractions. This mosque, which is located in Naghsh-e Jahan Square, shows the unique Iranian architectural image. In this mosque, beautiful colors are used and its architecture is such that it makes the most use of natural light. No matter how much we praise this mosque, it is small and you will not notice its unique beauties until you see it up close.

 

Details of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

This unique mosque was nationally registered in 1310 and its architecture, decorations and color combination were such that it depicted the art of the Safavid period. This magnificent and unique building is located in front of Aali Qapo and it attracts the attention of every tourist subconsciously. One of the most famous architects in the Safavid era was Professor Mohammad Reza Isfahani, who was able to implement the original architecture of Isfahan in the heart of Iran as beautifully as possible.

This mosque is very different from other Iranian mosques. For example, this mosque does not have a minaret. There is also no mention of four porches in the courtyard. The design of this mosque has been very professional, skillful and appropriate, and there is no doubt about any weakness in it. Also in this mosque, we see the reflection of sound seven times, which makes this mosque more attractive. Also, the lines and inscriptions inside the mosque are the work of two prominent artists of the Shah Abbas era named Alireza Abbasi and the anonymous calligrapher, Baqer Bana, who have doubled the beauty of the mosque with their unique calligraphy.

You may be interested to know that the flower arranging and garden design of Azadi Square in Tehran is taken from the architecture of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, but the difference is that the Azadi architect Mr. Hossein Amanat used an oval face instead of a circular design. This mosque is also located in Naghsh Jahan Square in Isfahan, along with other unique architectures.

 

Shaykh Bahai Hammam

Another historical attraction of Isfahan is the Shaykh Bahai hammam, which is visited by thousands of domestic and foreign tourists every year. In fact, the Shaykh Bahai hammam is one of the unique baths in Iran, which is reminiscent of the Safavid period. Since the heating of this bath was mysterious, it has gained the reputation of a mysterious bath. In general, Iranian baths have an extraordinary architecture and have always been unique in all periods. However, the architecture of the baths has been different in different periods, and each period has its own unique index in the same era; But with the progress and modernization, the baths became mostly personal, and the construction of public baths at the urban and rural levels ceased.

Details of Shaykh Bahai Hammam

Many of the baths that remain today have lost their true function and are mostly used with other uses such as zurkhaneh and museum. Many of the remaining baths from the past have become cultural and historical attractions and are visited by many tourists every year. Sheikh Baha’i Bath of Isfahan is also one of these baths, which has become one of the different and prominent baths of Isfahan architecture due to the difference in fire and tank. This bath is located on Abdul Razzaq Street in Isfahan, which can be visited by both public and private vehicles.

You may be interested to know that the heating structure of this bath is different from other baths and this has made this bath different. Also, this difference has led to different stories and legends about this bath. This bath worked with only one flame and all the water needed for the bath was heated with the same flame. Unfortunately, that flame has been extinguished today, and some say it was caused by the destruction of part of the bath by some researchers. The owners of this bath were about 30 people and now these people have left it to the cultural heritage. This bath was included in the list of national monuments of Iran in 1998. If you are also interested in historical and cultural monuments, be sure to visit this bath.

 

Chahar Bagh School

The area of ​​this amazing building is 1500 meters and it was built with the aim that students can learn religious sciences well, and since the main foundation of this school was teaching religious books to students, it can also be a kind of school and It was also considered a kind of mosque.

The Chaharbagh School pays attention to various elements, such as the very large courtyard on the outside and the gardens in the surrounding area, as well as libraries with the rarest books of the time, which, of course, did not last long when Isfahan was attacked by Afghans. Chaharbagh School was not spared from this attack and a large part of it was destroyed.

Travel to Chahar Bagh School

One of the most spectacular attractions of Isfahan, which has become a destination for many tourists, is Chaharbagh School, which is one of the oldest schools in Isfahan, which was established during the reign of Sultan Hussein Safavid and hence the name of this school was named Soltani. It was changed to Shah Madar’s school and today it is registered to Chaharbagh School. Since Sultan Hussein was the last Safavid king and the Safavid kings were very involved in art, this school is considered the last cultural monument of the Safavid dynasty and this is why the Chaharbagh School is more important than other buildings.

Like other buildings that were built during the Safavid period, tiles were considered as the first tool used by architects, so if we look at the Chaharbagh School, we will find that a very beautiful and dazzling tile has been used in its construction. There are seven colors and this factor has made Chaharbagh School a kind of tile museum for those who are interested. The beauties of Chaharbagh School are not limited to its amazing tiles because you will find inscriptions written by the famous calligraphers of that time in Nasta’liq script.

As you walk through the outdoor area, you will see that the old trees, which are more than a few hundred years old, cover the outside environment, and this factor has given a very beautiful effect to Chaharbagh School and has become a quiet place for tourists to take photos and take selfies.

 

Atashgah of Isfahan

Isfahan has many historical attractions that most tourists want to visit, but the sights of Isfahan are not limited to historical sights and its natural landscape should not be easily overlooked. Isfahan Fire Temple is a historical-natural place that people who are interested in nature, their first choice when visiting Isfahan.

In the past, this place was known as Isfahan Fire Temple, but today its name has been changed and Isfahan Fire Temple has been named. This amazing place is one of the oldest attractions in Iran, which was built during the Sassanid era and its original name is the fire temple of Mehrbin Fortress.

During the Sassanid era, for various reasons, various fire temples were built in various cities, of which the Isfahan Fire Temple was one of the main ones and was important for the government of that time in various aspects.

Travel to Atashgah of Isfahan

If you want to visit this stunning fire station, you must first get to the west of Isfahan and then use the car or taxis located in the city to go to the northern part of the Isfahan-Najafabad highway. When you are on the height of this fire temple, the surrounding environment will be very beautiful and by using it, you can see the gardens and natural areas around Isfahan that are located in the city.

The Sassanids used sediment to build the hills of this fire temple, and this factor has made the building strong. On average, it is about 1700 meters above sea level. The fire temple building has several openings that you will be able to see from inside these openings. The mud bricks of this building are 40 by 40 and have a diameter of 14 cm.

If we want to offer you a suitable season to play from Isfahan Fire Temple, it is spring, which has a balanced climate and will be a unique experience for you.

 

Hasht Behesht Palace

It was the first time that Shah Suleiman the Safavid decided to build this palace. Therefore, he proposed the idea of ​​building a palace with his engineers and architects, and very soon this decision was implemented and one of the most beautiful palaces in Iran was built in Isfahan.

Of course, a similar example of this palace with the same name was built in the cities of Tabriz and Qazvin, which due to the wars that our country has been involved in throughout history, these palaces have been completely destroyed and today no traces of them can be seen in these cities. The architecture of the palace is based on a kind of octagon that is built on two floors.

brief look inside the Hasht Behesht Palace

In terms of height, 14 meters is the height of the eight heavens of Isfahan, which by attending inside this very luxurious palace, you will see four porches with unique architecture.

If you take a brief look inside the eight heavens of Isfahan, you will notice that these octagons are composed of eight separate units, each of which has its own unique architecture and design, and this factor has given a beautiful effect to the jewel of Isfahan.

The architect has tried to be faithful to the name of the palace and to create symbols of the number 8 on its sides and corners, for example, eight pools are located in the center of the palace or bricks that cover the floor of the building are octagonal in shape. The arch of this foyer is like a tall skylight with eight wooden windows and even the doors in the inner courtyard led to the octagonal rooms that were formerly known as the Shah Zaban harem.

One of the main components to which Safavid artists paid special attention in the construction of buildings was the tiling of buildings. Hasht Behesht Palace is no exception to this rule and one of the most amazing tiles in history has been done in this palace, and by looking at it, you will see designs that include epic stories and legendary animals such as Simorgh.

This luxurious palace is located on Bagh Goldasteh Street.

 

Chahar Bagh e Abbasi

Looking at the name of Chaharbagh Abbasi, you may think that four gardens are located next to each other and have created this collection. Of course, this view is somewhat correct, but Chaharbagh is composed of several collections with four aspects that They were placed next to each other and the name of one of them is located on the whole complex and this is how the Chaharbagh Abbasi was formed.

Looking at the map of Isfahan, you will see that four gardens are located in the area around Si-o-Se pol Bridge, and this is a historical bridge that has caused these gardens to be connected to each other. A series of interconnected gardens extend from Si-o-Se pol Bridge to the north of Isfahan, and on the other hand, another complex is long to the south, which is Shiraz, and this factor has made the importance of Si-o-Se pol Bridge in the body of this attraction.

Characteristics of Chahar Bagh e Abbasi

At that time, the city of Isfahan was covered with countless gardens that gave fruit trees a beautiful appearance to Isfahan and kings and princes built their huge buildings inside these gardens. People at that time, known as peasants, were allowed to enter the gardens and pick the fruit from the trees. Over time, and especially the Afghan invasion, large parts of the gardens were destroyed and today we know what remains as the Chaharbagh Abbasi.

One of the features that distinguishes Chaharbagh Abbasi is the countless shops located in its streets. Most tourists who enter Isfahan make their purchases from the shopping center located in Chaharbagh Abbasi, and this store often offers high quality goods and reasonable prices to its customers. Various types of restaurants, coffee shops, gold shops, jewelry, antiques, clothing shopping centers, music sales centers are all located in Chaharbagh Abbasi.

If you are planning to walk in Chaharbagh Abbasi, there are cinemas in the surrounding area and this way you can create good memories for yourself and your friends who are with you on this trip.

 

Shahi Assar Khaneh Museum

Isfahan is one of the oldest cities in Iran and many historical and scenic attractions are located in this city. One of these spectacular attractions is the Assarkhaneh Shahiof Isfahan, which was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I Safavid. In the past, this historical monument was considered as one of the longest monuments and its area was estimated at 1800 meters, but for various reasons, including war and the incompetence of some kings, today it has lost most of its area and is about 300 meters. It remains, but with all these interpretations, it is still a popular destination with the general public.

When you enter this house, there are spaces in the shape of a dome in front of you, and if you look up, its roofs are arched, and considering that in the past there were no cooling and electricity systems to keep the environment cool.

They used arches all around, because these arches prevent hot air from entering the indoor environment, and the extract of the Assarkhaneh Shahi was no exception to this rule, because in the past it was one of the neighborhoods where oil was produced and maintained, and in a way, it was considered the oil capital of Isfahan, and the heat of the weather could cause fires or spoilage of the products inside it. Also, glass was placed on each of the ceilings, which are able to provide ambient light.

details of Shahi Assar Khaneh Museum

The perimeter of the building is completely closed and you do not see any windows inside it. In general, this building consisted of 5 parts, which included a counter, dock, ostrich, a greenhouse and a date house, and at the bottom of the building there were warehouses where products They were kept there.

In ancient times, oilmen introduced grains such as sesame into the distillery and turned them into oil, thus meeting the needs of the people of that city and the kings. The extracts of houses that existed in other cities such as Shiraz, Tabriz and Qazvin have been destroyed today and no trace of them remains.

 

Monar Jonban

One of the amazing historical monuments that has become a tourist retreat today. Most people who are very interested in art and culture visit this mysterious building. This historical monument was built during the Ilkhanate period.

The type of architecture and construction of Isfahan’s Monar Jonban is very amazing. because by shaking a Monar Jonban, all its minarets vibrate.

So, this factor has made scientists wonder about the construction of such works. because this building was built in the centuries before and at that time.

Technology is not available today and it is not clear how the scientists and architects of that time were able to leave such an amazing building.

The charms of this min Monar Jonban aret end in this short part, because if you look at its design, you will see pure Iranian art. The tiles are enchanting with different colors and this factor has made tourists unable to take their eyes off this beautiful building.

This wonderful work, like all the sights of Isfahan, is open to the public and you can visit this village, which is located six kilometers from Isfahan, every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

main reason visitors of Monar Jonban

The main reason that visitors prefer to visit this building is the vibration of the second minaret due to the vibration of the first Monar Jonban.

So, if you have visited it in the past years, you could shake a minaret and watch the vibrations.

However, this action caused serious damage to this monument. So today the authorities will not allow visitors to shake the minaret.

Theye are at certain hours, which are often twice in the morning and twice in the evening, they shake the Monar Jonban.

Therefore, visitors can visit the city at certain times to visit this spectacular attraction; But sometimes due to occasions and holidays and crowds of people, the minaret vibration clock changes.

It is usually done once an hour so that all people and visitors can see the vibration and vibration and prevent crowds in the area. Become a historical monument.

 

Khaju Bridge

It is one of the spectacular and attractive attractions in Isfahan that will give you peace of mind. This bridge was the most beautiful bridge in its time, both in Isfahan and in the world.
Most tourists who this place to Isfahan find the pleasure of walking on this money unimaginable.

if you pass this place in the evening or at night, you will see a large number of people walking on the Khaju Bridge.

Like other historical attractionsthis place, this bridge was built during the Safavid period and is located in the east of Si-o-Se pol Bridge.

It place was built by order of Shah Abbas Safavid.

Also, for his royal presence, a place was built on the bridge so that Shah Abbas could rest on it.

design and built the Khaju Bridge

The artists who designed and built the Khaju Bridge, like other works, did not neglect its tiling.
Therefore one of the most beautiful tiles among the bridges in the world belongs to the Khaju Bridge.

So this bridge is one of the national monuments of Iran.

 

details of Khaju Bridge

Khaju Bridge Gives You the Impression of a Moving Boat. The top storey of this double decker bridge was used for caravans to pass over. The covered corridors were used by pedestrians.

When someone looks down on the stone foundations and sees the flowing water it gives them the impression of being on a moving boat.

This feature is for the reason of helping the water to pass through the bridge in case of a flood. The lower storey was only used by pedestrians. In the middle there are two alcoves called “Shahneshins”.

They are located in the middle of the eastern and western side of the top storey. Each Shahneshin is a large room overlooking three balconies. The balconies are adorned with paintings from the Qajar and Safavid era.

Si-o-She Pol bridge

Si-o-Se Pol is the longest among Isfahan bridges and the largest construction on the water in Iran.

So, its total length is 297 meters and width is 13,75 meters.

In Farsi “si-o-se” means 33 – this is the number of arches composing the first level of the bridge. The second level has pedestrian path fenced with walls, protecting travelers from wind and falling into the water.

The construction of this bridge dates back to Safavid era. Shah Abbas the first ordered the building of this bridge.

Set on the zayanderood river, this bridge connects the northern part of Chahar Bagh Abbasi street to its southern part.

details of Si-o-She Pol bridge

Si-o-Seh is the number 33 in Farsi/Persian. It was named after its defining feature which is the 33 arches it has over the river. This bridge is also famously known as Chehel Cheshmeh Bridge and Allahverdi Khan Bridge.

Si-o-Se-Pol, also known as Allahverdi Khan Bridge, is one of the eleven Isfahan bridges, crossing Zayandehrud River. It is the most famous bridge of Isfahan due to its size, central location, and prominent architecture.

So, the bridge is a center of city nightlife that attracts both Iranians and foreign tourists.

The bridge was built between 1599 and 1602 during the reign of Shah Abbas. The construction process was controlled by Shah’s chancellor, Allahverdi Khan Undiladze – that is where the second name of the bridge derives from.

In 1598 Shah Abbas moved the capital of his Empire from Qazvin to Isfahan.

because this place partly because of close proximity to Zayandeh Rud River, which gave life.

5 out of 11 bridges were built during the Safavid era as the means of crossing the river. During 400 years of history of the bridge the river dried up, but Si-o-Se-Pol found other purposes. It was a place for evening walks, public meetings, events, an observation point for regattas, and other water sports.

last word

The bridge is built of yellow bricks and limestone, the typical materials for Safavid era structures. Niches formed by the arches are perfect for sitting and chatting while enjoying the view of the city. One of the arches hosted a tea house for a while, but later it was closed.

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