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Chehel Sotun Isfahan Iran - Vipemo

Chehel Sotun – Part 1

Chehel Sotun 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 . superb parkland, which, however, has been largely diminished compared to the original garden of Jahan Nama that had been planted there by Shah Ismail Safavid. Today the original plan of the park and [...]

Ali Qapu Isfahan Iran - Vipemo

Ali Qapu – Part 2

Ali Qapu 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. However, [...]

Ali Qapu Isfahan Iran - Vipemo

Ali Qapu – Part 1

Ali Qapu 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. At Shah Abbas’s order, the Timurid structure was rebuilt and expanded. At this stage, the palace consisted of four floors and a hypostyle [...]

Naghsh-e Jahan Isfahan

Isfahan Naghsh-e Jahan Square

Isfahan Naghsh-e Jahan Square 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. Today this magnificent plaza has been renamed, and is now called Imam Square. A huge arena of more than 80,000 sq. m - 510 m long and 163 m wide - it is [...]

Calligraphy Isfahan Iran - Vipemo


Calligraphy 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. Moreover, prohibition against figurative art in mosques, and an emphasis put on literacy and knowledge Islamic leaders imparted further importance to the written word in the Islamic world.Broadly speaking, there were two distinct scripts in the early centuries of Islam: [...]

Miniature Iran Vipemo


Miniature Miniature in Iran went through a long and complicated course of development, reaching its culmination mainly during the Mongol and Timurid periods. From a historical viewpoint, the most important development in Iranian miniature has been the adoption of Chinese design and coloring, subsequently blended with the idiosyncratic cultural concepts of Iranian artists. The most important function of miniatures was the illustration of manuscripts. Miniatures  pictured the literary plot, making it more enjoyable and easier to understand. Iran's great wealth of [...]

Isfahan Art Iran - Vipemo

Isfahan Period in Art

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Isfahan Period in Art 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. without doubt, it is the highest point of Isfahan's long, rich history of art. Architecture and art developed in Isfahan on three main levels: the refined, the monumental, and the utilitarian. The fine arts, particularly painting and the whole arts of [...]

Chahar bagh Esfahan Vipemo

Chahar Bagh Avenue

Chahar Bagh Avenue 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.It started at the magnificent palace of the Jahan Nama, which occupied the site of the city's present municipality until 1890, and stretched as far as the foot of the Soffeh Mountain. The splendid Allahverdi Khan Bridge connected the street at [...]


Shah Abbas I and the the Golden Age of Isfahan’s History

Shah Abbas 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. Brought up in Herat, the great cultural and intellectual center of Iran in the 16th century, since childhood Shah Abbas had been influenced by its magnificent architecture, painting, and calligraphy. The young prince showed astounding precocity as a connoisseur of the [...]

Nowruz Iran - Vipemo

Iranian New Year (Nowruz)

Nowruz 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 Iranians believe that Nowruz was instituted by King Jamshid; it is known for certain to have seen celebrated for at least 2500 years. It is the only festival of ancient Persia that has not been displaced by Islamic holidays. The Iranians never fail to celebrate it, except [...]

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