From any country you travel to Isfahan, Naghsh-e Jahan Square is the first place to visit. Because there you can see a combination of everything you like; green space, beautiful traditional space, historical monuments, market and religious place.
When Shah Abbas went to Isfahan, he began organizing various kinds of ceremonies; fireworks, polo, parades and shows took place there. People went there to go shopping and buy it.
Unfortunately, this boom is very low during the king of Sultan Hussein, and many garden trees are dry. After the arrival of the Qajar, a lot of damage occurred. And during the Zal Al-Sultan, the field went up to the boundary of destruction. About 20,000 meters from the area, which once was 100,000 meters, was lost. The field at Pahlavi time largely redefined its former beauty. And then the name of that square changed to the Shah.
This square is also the second largest in the world and recorded in UNESCO.
The dome of the Imam mosque is taller than any building in the role of the universe, and it overlays the entire city that represents the important position of religion in the Safavid rule. The height of the south porch of the mosque is 33 meters and two minarets are located on each side, each of which is 48 meters high. These two minarets are decorated with tiles and the names of Muhammad and Ali are repeated in all the minarets. The large dome of the mosque has an interesting decoration of the tile, as well as a three-tone trim on the tile of azure clay.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
In 1602, the construction of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque was started by Mohammad Reza Isfahani and strangely completed in 1619! One of the masterpieces and wonders of this mosque is its Qibla navigation. The mosques have always been equal to your entrance to the Qibla. Of course not that! But in this mosque, it is eastward and has no deviation. So how do you fix this? As we arrive at the 28-meter corridor, we turn to the left and then to the right to be in the right direction of the Qibla.
In this market, copyrighted artists are busy in their shops. Coppersmith means deforming copper with various tools to different shape. The Coppersmith Market is located in the north Ālī Qāpū and it was built at the time of Safavid. Be sure to go to this market and buy the copper dishes and jewelry. Cooking in copper dishes is very good for health.
Qapu or Qapi means “door” or ” over door”. And Ālī Qāpū means great and magnificent. It is interesting that the door was holy for people at the time of First Shah, and no one has the right to even put his foot on it. Some even kissed the threshold.
The music hall or the sound room is one of the most beautiful parts of the palace. Pictures of a variety of wine cups on the walls of this room are plastered. One of the reasons for creating such images is to reflect the sound of music and to better hear it! By following the physical principles in the room, additional sounds are reduced and the sound reaches all parts of the hall.
In the old days, Qeysarie was said to be on long market paths.
The Qeysarie markets have doors and the door closes when the shopkeepers were closed. In this market, shopkeeper sale the graceful, decorative and expensive Products. Meanwhile, Chardon, a well-known traveler, believes that because of the similarity of this market to Caesarea in modern Turkey, this name has been put to it. Before you go into the market, you’ll certainly have a lot to do with the Qeysariye market. Paintings, vaulted or arched and tiles are beautiful things that you cannot be quickly and easily passed through.
Over-Door of Qeysarie
The hall of the Qeysarie market has three floors in the past and its third floor was timpani house. And the timpani house is a place where music was announced at certain times and times of the day, important news events, announcements, and so on. Two Lachak represent the highest part of the altar, the constellation of the horoscope of the city of Isfahan is in (arc tower), because the Orientalists conceive the emergence of Isfahan in the arch tower constellation.
The polo is known as an ancient Persian sport or game that has been known for its famous among kings and elders. On the southern and northern sides of the Naghsh-e Jahan Square is a short and rocky pillar that has been the gate of polo. In the past, which the pond did not exist in the middle of square, they played polo.
What Can We Do in The Square?
When you arrive from Sepah Street you see an ice cream shop on your right, which is usually very busy. Do not forget Its wicker ice cream. Go to the market and enjoy the shopping and see the beautiful crafts of Isfahan. You can ride a carriage and circulate around the square.
Naghsh-e Jahan Square Cafe
You can try the following cafe:
Chah-e Haj Mirza Tea House
Roozegar Café: Next to the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, at the end of the alley
Meydoon Café: Behind the Matbakh Alley
Narvan Café: The Beginning of the Qeysarie Market
Left Café: Beginning of the market of Qeysarie, on the right, Sheli Saray
Amo Hassan Café: Sarraf Market
Bazar Drink House (Bazar Café): Ahanangaran market, between Hafez Street and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Copper and Carpet Café (Mes and Ghali Café): Sepah Avenue, between the
Square and Ostandari Street, opposite the Property Office, Mesghali Market
Atigh Al-Doleh Café: Hakim Street, End of Alley No. 5, opposite Rafsanjani Parking
Miras Gallery Café: Right side of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, at the beginning of the market
Radio Café: Western Side of the Square, Saadi Neighborhood
Naghsh-e Jahan Square Restaurants
Traditional Restaurant of Naghsh-e Jahan Square: At the same alley with Roozegar Café!
Ancient Traditional Restaurant: Next to the Imam Mosque
Jarchi-Bashi Traditional Restaurant: Hakim Street, Seventh Alley or Qalandar Garden Alley
Naghsh-e Jahan Square Hotels
Keryas Hotel: behind the Abbasi Mosque
Partikan Hotel: Western Side of the Square, Saadi Neighborhood
Firuz Hotel: Western Side of the Square, Saadi Neighborhood