(Persia Digest) – Paul Schrader, renowned American screenwriter, film director and critic is the guest of Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) in Iran these days. He has been to visit Naghsh-e Jahan Square and found it amazing.

After his visit to Isfahan which is a major touristic city in central Iran, Paul Schrader posted on Instagram: “In Naqsh-e Jafan [Jahan] Square, Isfahan, Iran. so many emotions and insights it will take a while to sort them out.”

Paul Schrader owes most of his fame to his scripts for Martin Scorsese including the “Taxi driver” and “The Last Temptation of Christ”.

Persia Digest (PD) reports that Naghsh-e Jahan Square (present-day Imam Square) is the main square of Isfahan and a historic site from the Safavid era.


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Historic buildings around the square include the Ali Ghapou, Shah Mosque (Imam Mosque), Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and the Gheisarieh Portal. In addition, 200 bazaar chambers and shops on two floors around the square sell mostly the hand arts of Isfahan.

Naghsh-e Jahan Square was one of the first Iranian sites to be inscribed by Unesco as a World Heritage and is recognized as the world’s largest square after Tiananmen Square in China.

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