Ali-Quli-Aqa Complex neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Isfahan. If you are looking for an exciting experience from Isfahan and you are in Iran, go to the Bid-Abad neighborhood of Isfahan. In addition to many historical monuments in these neighborhoods, you can see people and their lifestyle, which is one of the oldest cultures in Isfahan, it may attract you.
Ali-Quli-Aqa was one of the influential people in the court of Shah Solomon and Shah Sultan Hussein, the last Safavid king, who managed to pay the cost of building a mosque, a school, a zurkhaneh, a bathroom and a bazaar, and devoted them after their construction. Mosque, bath and market are three pillars of Isfahan‘s neighborhoods.
When you walk into this neighborhood, the old trees, close alleys and old houses remind you that you are in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Isfahan. When you arrive at the paved streets, which is close to the Ali-Quli-Aqa Complex , walking in this space allows you to walk around the old shops and the intimate people of Bid-Abad neighborhood. If you are on the Seyyed Mosque Street, the first thing you will see is Ali-Quli-Aqa market.
One of the most fascinating buildings that still have their user usage, and in visit, you will have the most interaction with the people in the neighborhood. A gazebo bazaar with a Safavid architecture, under bazaar which there are several shops that provide livelihoods for each person.
In the middle of the market, a small square with a dome roof is designed, on all four sides, a path to another small marketplace to reach the heart of the smaller neighborhoods of Ali-Quli-Aqa Complex .
The Sagha-Khane (a place for drinking holy water in Islam beliefs) under the old green cover and old appearance brings the spiritual atmosphere to the visitor, the Sagha-Khane belonging to the Safavid era, but is refurbished in periods.
From the middle of the market, Ali-Quli-Aqa appears with a view of the tiles of turquoise. As with other mosques in Isfahan, this mosque is very intimate, and its small size and color are very helpful to show this atmosphere. Seeing the mosque, Spirit of Spirituality and worship, suddenly flows into the depths of human life. The construction date of this mosque, like other buildings in the Ali-Quli-Aqa Complex , dates back to the late Safavid period, about 400 years ago.
This mosque is considered one of the valuable buildings of Isfahan due to the beautiful calligraphy of Safavid era, Qajar era and tile Working. Entry of foreign tourists into mosque nurseries is prohibited, especially at the time of the Azan.
When you arrive at Ali-Quli-Aqa’s main bathroom door, see the beautiful tile because it is so valuable and unique, in the past, some parts of this tile have been transferred to the Chehelsoton Palace. The bathroom is divided into two large bathrooms and a small bathroom, which, although they are different, have separate entrance and exit. Each of the two bathrooms, like most traditional bathrooms, has two main parts that are divided into Sarbineh and Warm-House. In the bathroom, all of the rooms are close to each other in order to save energy.
Dressing Room or Sarbineh of Large Bathroom
After arriving in the bathroom and crossing the corridor, which was functional at that past, first, they changed the clothes, and those who intend to leave the bathroom are standing in this place in the cold water until Their body temperature will be balanced, or they give up the tiredness of the time spent in the bathroom with Massagers.
The walls of this part are covered with paintings of the Qajar era, and in other parts, these paintings have been destroyed, but they have taken different roles in the course of local artists.
To get to the larger part of the Warm-House, you need to pass a corridor that changes the angle several times. Two of the main reasons for this change are to make blind the direct seen of bathroom doors and the other to save energy in the Warm-House.
Great Bathroom Warm-House
The Warm-House, which is a rectangular building, is divided into several different parts; the first thing that attracts your attention is Khazineh. This place is filled up in the Qajar period with the order of the health department and to prevent the disease. At the bottom of the Khazineh you can see the part of the bathroom heating system that is directed from the firewall to the Khazine and it is distributed in different parts of the Warm-House.
The Ab-Sareh (it is a Stone), is one of the most attractive parts of the bathroom, which is an interesting invention in its age. It is a marble carving that completely polished, and from above, they were running water and people used it as a tool for water therapy.
Chalhoz (it is a kind of tub) is another part of the warm-house. Given that there was a warm environment around it, but it was running cold water. There are eight colored columns around it, each of them is made of copper and shows a dragon Sign, which flows water into the pool from there. There are two Shah-Neshin (a place for sitting around pool), that were used to sit. Roof is full of paintings, especially Calila e Dimna. Ali-Quli-Aqa painting tile remain healthy and his image is still on the entrance of the bathroom.
This large bathroom is set up next to a smaller bathroom, used in the past for wealthy people who are looking for a family-friendly environment, but after a short time, they used it as a women’s bathroom section.