One of the most important symbols of Isfahan is the Naghshe Jahan Square which was called Median-e-Shah before the revolution and Meidan-e-Imam after the Iran revolution in 1979.
This rectangular square has 560 meters of length and 160 meters in width and has been registered in the International World Heritage. It’s located in the center of Isfahan and each part of it has an attraction.
The Naghshe Jahan Square, which was built in the Safavid period, is a combination of unique Iranian-Islamic architecture, prosperity and people’s vitality and can be a symbol of life.In each corner, an important historical monument exists: The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, the Imam Mosque, The AaliQapu Palace and Sardare Gheisarie.
In the past Polo was played in the square, but nowadays it’s mostly visited because of the beauty and peace and quiet. Around the square you can find different stores, mostly selling Isfahan’s Handicrafts. Historically many of the meetings between The Iranian Government and Foreigners where upheld in this square.
Many other stores are located in the different markets (bazaars) surrounding the square. Just walking through these bazaars can be an extraordinary experience. It’s like walking in the past, as the old and historic architecture hasn’t been changed. Different traditional restaurants are located in these bazaars, which have delightful food from Isfahan.Fortunately, the entrance of cars to the square has been forbidden through the past couple of years and it helps in spending a pleasant afternoon in the square.
Sardar-e-Ghesarie is located on the north edge of the square. It used to be the main entrance to the square. This entrance is embellished with beautiful tilings on the ceiling and is known as the arc tower. It has the picture of a tiger and a dragon’s tail. Aside from the tiling, it has different paintings as well which show things which happened in reality, such as the Shah Abbas huntings, wars and Europeans who visited.
The Imam Mosque is located on the south edge of the square and is one the phenomenal Iranian architectures. The designer has made a 45-degree angle so the mosque is directly pointed towards the Qeble. The tiling is amazing and a special spot has been designed in a manner that anything said is broadcasted throughout the mosque.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is located on the east side of the square. It doesn’t have any minaret, nosegay, yard, nor apron. It has been built on the direct order of Shah Abbas after a visit of a Lebanese religious clergyman.
The AliQapu Palace is located on the western edge of the square and was the place were the king’s special ceremonies were held. It has been said that Shah Abbas would sit on the wooden part of the palace watching different ceremonies being held in the square itself. This palace has different rooms in which classical paintings and miniatures have been drawn on the walls. Another interesting character in this building is the number of floors is different when looked from different vantage points.
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