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Chehel Sotun, Hasht Behesht, and Talar-e Ashraf, along with several other, less sumptuous buildings are the few survivors of the magnificent compound of Safavid palaces which used to occupy a vast area from Naqsh-e Jahan Square to Chahar Bagh Avenue. These palaces stand amid .

The royal staircase, added during the rule of Shah Abbas II, is 1.4 m wide and has 118 steps; this staircase was used during the monarch’s public receptions. The first two floors of the present structure totally lack the ornamentation because little has survived the vandalism of visitors to the palace immediately after the Islamic Revolution. Only a pattern of the fine curtains – the conspicuous feature of all Safavid palaces – is discernible on the dados.

The royal palace of Ali Qapu dominates the western side of Naqsh-e Iahan Square. The palace was founded in 1597, duing the 11th year of Shah Abbas’s reign, to serve as his place of residence. The palace was eventually created on the site of a garden pavilion that most historians attribute to the Timurid period.

Naqsh-e Jahan (“Pattern of the World”) Square is the most spectacular, most magnificent sight of Isfahan. No matter how many descriptions of it one may have previously heard or read, the first sight of it is sure to provoke a gasp of astonishment.

Most historical gardens in Iran have a mythological background. In fact, the English word “paradise” derives from Old Persian Pardis (“a royal garden”).

Safavid ceramics can hardly stand comparison with the splendid wares of earlier periods, yet under the Safavids, there was a notable renaissance in pottery. The artists of the Safavid age brought about the beautiful tilework that can be observed in the mosques of this period

While architecture and painting were the main artistic vehicles of the Safavids, the making of textiles and carpets was also of great importance. In the 16th century, hitherto primarily nomadic crafts were transformed into royal industries by the creation of court workshops.

While in the West calligraphy is considered mainly penmanship, in the East it is one of the most important fine Arts. Calligraphers were an essential requirement for any self-respecting court, and very often princes and nobles practiced calligraphy themselves

Miniature in Iran went through a long and complicated course of development, reaching its culmination mainly during the Mongol and Timurid periods.

The “Isfahan Period” covers a span of about 125 years from 1598, when Shah Abbas the Great transferred the Iranian capital to Isfahan, to the city’s conquest in 1722 by the Afghans.

The world’s first boulevard, Chahar Bagh Avenue was one of the earliest creations of Shah Abbas I in Esfahan. It was started as soon as Esfahan was chosen the capital city and was finally completed in 1598.

The history of Isfahan cannot be separated from the name of Shah Abbas the Great, the ruler who chose it as a capital in 1598 and spent forty-two years of his life toward its beautification and eminence.

A city of immense beauty and unforgettable experiences, Isfahan has been dazzling travelers for ages. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that most westerners appreciate the truly Persian character that the city has retained.

The greatest Iranian holiday, Nowruz (literally “new day”), is celebrated on March 20 or 21 and commemorates the entrance of the sun into the sign of Aries at the vernal equinox.

the official language of Iran, Persian (also called Farsi) is a member if the Indo-Iranian group of languages constituting the easternmost major branch of the Indo-European language family.

In this chapter of Introducing Iran we look at the early civilization of Iran’s history and Elam dynasty. Iran is home to one of the most oldest continuous major civilization.

Conventional long form: Islamic Republic Of Iran

Local long form: Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran

Conventional short name: Iran

Iran is widely renowned for the rich diversity of its landscapes, climates, monuments, customs, and people’s lifestyles. If it had no other claim to respect, at least a continuous history of at least 7,000 years is a distinction that few countries can exhibit. Which these make Iran a country worth discovering. 

More to explore Iran part 3 is the  last part of this series and  it come in the following of more to explore part 1 & 2 we listed 7 more locations of Iran’s tourists attraction.

More to explore Iran part 2 is in the following of more to explore part 1 we listed 8 more locations of Iran’s tourists attraction. This article is part 2 and there is just one more part which come soon.

In more to explore part 1 we listed 8 locations of Iran’s tourists attraction, from north to south. This article is part 1 and the rest of 2 more parts come in a few days.

Northern Iran consists of the Southern border of the Caspian Sea and the Alborz mountains. It includes Gilan, Mazandaran and Golestan provinces the northern province of Iran. The major provinces, Gilan and Mazandaran, are covered with dense forests, snow-covered mountains and impressive sea shores.

Kish and Qeshm are the most important islands in the south part of the country, in the Hormozgān Province, southern coast of Iran in the Persian Gulf. Qeshm is the largest island in Iran. In this article we look at a few tourist attractions of these 2 islands.

Mashhad is the capital city of Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran and located in the northeast of the Iran near the borders of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. The shrine of Imam Reza, 8th Shia Imam situated in Iran.

Tabriz city is capital of East Azerbaijan Province, Iran located in northwestern of Iran. It’s the 6th largest city of Iran with 1.6 million inhabitants. Kandovan is a rock village near Tabriz (60 km) is one of the Iranian top tourist attraction.

Kermanshah city is the capital of Kermanshah province, in west of Iran. it’s located 525 km (327 mi) from Tehran the capital of Iran. The major part of people speaks Kurdish. Kermanshah has a moderate and mountainous climate. In this article we listed 3 of the top tourist attractions of Kermanshah and Iran.

Hamadan is the capital city of Hamadan province, Iran. Hamdan locateted in 320 km (200 mi) from Tehran the capital of Iran.

Yazd is the capital of Yazd Province, Iran and located in 270 km (170 mi) southeast of Isfahan. Yazd is 15th largest city in Iran. Yazd is a city in central of Iran and located in the middle of Iran plateau.

Kerman city is capital of Kerman province, Iran and It is 10th populous city of Iran. Kerman’s located on a large, flat plain, 800km (500 mi) from Tehran the capital of Iran. In this post Vipemo look at the 3 of the most interesting tourist attractions of Kerman.

Ahvaz is capital of Khuzestan province and located in southwest of Iran, Ahvaz is home of Persian, Lurs, Arabs, etc. The river of Karun passes by the middle of city. In this article Vipemo take a look at the 3 of the best tourist attractions of ahvaz

Kashan is a city in Isfahan province, Iran.Kashan divided into two parts, mountains and dessert. Kashan is known for it’s cultural and historical attraction. In this post we list couple of theme. Vipemo

Persepolis or Takht-e Jamshid (the Throne of Jamshid) was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire and located near Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran . Perspolis was founded by Darius I at the foot of Kuh-e Rahmat (Mountain of Mercy) in south-western Iran, 518 BC.It is located about 50 km northeast of city of Shiraz in Fars province.

In this Post we have a look over one of the best cities of Iran , Shiraz. Shiraz located in the south-central Iran and it’s known for it’s cultural and historical attraction. In this post we list couple of theme. Vipemo

Before the reign of Shah Tahmasp I (1514-1576), the second king of The Safavid Dynasty, Tehran was a small village near the city of Rey. Shah Tahmasp would travel to Rey to visit his ancestor’s shrine (Imamazadeh Hamzeh) and spend some days in the gardens of Tehran; the result of these frequent visits was the growth of Tehran to a major city. In 1766 Agha Mohammad Khan (1742-1797) moved the capital from Isfahan to Tehran and made Tehran the center of power in Iran.

Isfahan – Half of The World Isfahan Isfahan also known as Esfahan is a city in central Iran, south of Tehran and is the capital of Isfahan Province. The Persians call it Nesf-e Jahan, meaning “Half of The World”. Due to its beautiful hand-painted tiling and magnificent public square, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Isfahan has a population of approximately 1.6 million, making it the third largest city in Iran after Tehran

The Allahverdi Khan Bridge, popularly known as Si-o-se pol is the largest of the eleven historical bridges on the Zayanderud, the largest river of the Iranian Plateau, in Isfahan, Iran.

Naqsh e Jahan Square – Image of the World Square Naqsh-e Jahan Square (trans: “Image of the World Square”), also known as Shah Square , is a square situated at the center of Isfahan, Iran. Naqsh-e Jahan Square Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Naqsh-e Jahan Square is 160 metres (520 ft) wide by 560 metres (1,840 ft) long (an area of 89,600 square metres (964,000 sq […]