Naghsh-e Jahan Square
Safavid was probably the most influential dynasty in Islamic era in Iran. It not only has an enormous impact on Iran’s art, architecture and history but ideologically played a very important role in Iran. Shia became the dominant religion in Iran ever since. As a result the majority of practicing rituals are their legacy. To soak up the real art applied in Safavid era’s buildings, you have to spend at least 2 days in Isfahan. UESCO listed Naghsh-e Jahan square as world heritage site in 1975.
Monumental buildings border this masterpiece from all sides by ; each one is a magnificent example of art and architecture. Shah (Imam) mosque, Sheykh Lotfollah, Aliqapu palace and the magnificent Portico of Qaysariyyeh are impressive testimony to the flourished social life in the era. They can tell us how tightly different aspects of life were intertwined. Since then this majestic square, which once used to be a battle place for polo players boosting about their abilities before Shah Abbas I, is the best representative of Isfahan.
Shah Abbas I commanded the construction of the square in 17 century. Still standing strong during years, Naghsh-e Jahan is fortunately entirely safe and sound despite enemy’s invasion. The only modern additions to the Square are fountains, added in Pahlavi era.
Of particular interest is the arcades on all sides of the Naghsh-e Jahan square housed hundreds of shops. You can buy handicrafts while watching Isfahani Artisans patiently building them. You can’t hold but admire the people who dedicated their lives to art in order to make the world more beautiful.
Mesmerizing azure tile workings in both mosques together with dazzling architecture of Aliqapu palace couldn’t be described in worlds. You have to take the beauty in only in person.
Where to stay?
Try to book hotels in advance because it’s quite difficult to find a room in high seasons.