(Persia Digest) - Isfahan with 7,500 years of hidden history and its hundreds of historic monuments is known as “nesf-e-jahān" [half of the world]. It takes a lot of time to visit all these attractions and monuments. But this report only refers to the most famous sites and monuments of Isfahan.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
It is the second largest square in the world, and illustrates the equilibrium between worldly and spiritual life with regard to the location of four structures in four corners of the square. The Grand Bazaar in the north, Imam Mosque in the south, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in the east, and Ali Qapu grand palace in the west of the square, have created a spectacular display of the material and spiritual harmony of human life.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
The different colors of the ceramic-tiles in this mosque which belong to the Safavid era, and the lack of minarets and an entrance courtyard have made it unique among other mosques of Isfahan and Iran. Mosaic tiles and the exquisite Muqarnas in the mosque’s mihrab are considered a unique architectural masterpiece. This mosque belonged to the court women.
Imam Mosque (Shah Mosque)
It is the immortal masterpiece of architecture, Qashani and carpentry which has been built during the rule of Shah Abbas I of Safavid dynasty. One of the architectural wonders of this mosque is that if a person stands under the ceiling of the dome of one of its southern shabestans and, for instance, shakes a bank note, the sound it makes is intensely amplified and heard by everyone.
Ali Qapu grand palace
It is a unique example of the architecture of Safavid palaces. The sounds made in its music rooms are natural and non-reflective as in modern recording studios.
The Royal Road
This road was the only route for the highest Safavid officials to enter Naqsh-e Jahan Square, which completely disappeared over the last 100 years. It has been reconstructed once again and has been open to visitors from two years ago.
Chaharbagh School and Mosque
The school has various types of Qashani, such as polychrome tiles, mosaics, and Girih tiles; it can be called a museum of Isfahan tiles. This school is open to the public only on special days of the year, including the Nowruz holidays.