‪Story of a‬ ‪Prime Tourist‬ Destination ‪in Iran‬

TOURISM - - صفحه اول -

T‪he UNESCO-registered Imam‬

‪Square has long been full of‬

‪life thanks to being a prime‬

‪destination for both domestic and for-‬

‪eign travelers.‬

‪Best known as Naghsh-e Jahan‬

‪Sq. (literary meaning “Image of the‬

‪World”), the property is in Isfahan,‬

‪central Iran. At 512m long and 163m‬

‪wide, it is one of the largest squares‬

‪in the world.‬

‪Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. was laid out in‬

‪the very early 17th century under the‬

‪reign of the Safavid ruler, Shah Abbas‬

‪the Great, to signal the importance‬

‪of Isfahan as a capital of a powerful‬

‪empire.It is hemmed on four sides by‬

‪magnificent buildings: to the east, the‬

‪Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque; to the west,‬

‪the palace of Ali Qapu; to the north,‬

‪the portico of Qeyssariyeh; and to the‬

‪south, the eminent Imam Mosque.‬

‪The sizeable open space has changed‬

‪little since it was built, the only modern‬

‪additions are some fountains added‬

‪during the Pahlavi era.‬

‪According to UNESCO, the square‬

‪was at the heart of the Safavid capi-‬

‪tal’s culture, economy, religion, social‬

‪power, government, and politics. Its‬

‪vast sandy esplanade was used for‬

‪celebrations, promenades, and public‬

‪executions, for playing polo and for‬

‪assembling troops.Imam Square is‬

‪perhaps at its best in late afternoon‬

‪when the encircling blue-tiled domes‬

‪and minarets are lit up by the last‬

‪rays of the sun while the mountains‬

‪beyond turn red.It’s when local fami-‬

‪lies, domestic travelers and foreigners‬

‪make the entire space a pedestrian‬ zone!

‪Under travelers’ eyes‬

‪Here is a select of comments that visi-‬

‪tors to the mausoleum have posted to‬

‪TripAdvisor, one of the most popular‬

‪travel websites in the world:‬ ‪“Great for buying handmade‬

souvenirs”

‪This is a very interesting place, the‬

‪highlight for me was the various stalls‬

‪selling handmade products, some of‬

‪them are so beautiful, I could have‬

‪bought so many things but luggage‬

‪limits, I bought just a few.‬

‪The place is very clean and safe and‬

‪well organized, one of the big prob-‬

‪lems for tourists in Iran is trying to‬

‪cash foreign money and you should‬

‪be well cashed up prior to visiting.‬

‪Allow at least two hours and best to do‬

‪a bit of research to narrow down your‬

‪buying intentions otherwise, you’ll be‬

‪gobsmacked. (Noel T. from Forbes,‬

‪Australia; reviewed April 2018)‬ ‪“A truly beautiful square in‬

Isfahan”

‪We were extremely impressed by the‬

‪beauty and atmosphere of this huge‬

‪square.Very friendly shops, beautiful‬

‪palaces and mosque. (Denis P. from‬

‪Paris; reviewed April 2018)‬

“Amazing!”

‪Square is just amazing! As it is the‬

‪city. Great place to chill out, look at‬

‪people, relax with music... Bazaar‬

‪and shops are near for your needs.‬

‪A must! (Bob R. form Nis, Serbia; re-‬

‪viewed April 2018)‬

“Exiting”

‪Most beautiful square in Iran or even‬

‪in the Middle East. You need to be‬

‪there if you are in Isfahan.‬

‪Great place to make a memorable‬

‪photo. A lot of restaurants and small‬

‪shops. (Przemyslaw P. from Warsaw;‬

‪reviewed April 2018)‬

‪“Interesting place to occupy‬

‪your day”‬

‪We spent one full day just near the‬

‪square. This is a massive square lined‬

‪with bazaar around it and it takes a lot‬

‪of time to explore all the unique shops.‬

‪The best bazaar (with a lot of artis-‬

‪tic shop) in Iran I reckon and we got‬

‪most of our souvenirs here. This is the‬

‪perfect place to buy things, don’t wait‬

‪for Yazd and Shiraz you will regret it...‬

‪(ywwonglp from Cambridge; reviewed‬

‪April 2018)‬

‪“A must see in Isfahan”‬

‪Great place to wander about. You‬

‪might get some attention from sellers‬

‪but most of them are respectful and‬

‪not too ongoing.‬

‪The view is great both during daytime‬

‪and at night. (Vegard W. from Oslo;‬

‪reviewed April 2018)‬

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