Isfahan- Half of the World

Isfahan is located on the main north–south and east–west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Persian–Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. No wonder why it acquired the name, “nesf-e jahan” meaning “half of the world”.

Isfahan has one of the largest city squares in the world and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture, the Naghsh-e Jahan Square, which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This city is abundant with many historical monuments, architecture, paintings and real history that will truly fascinate you! The history of Isfahan can be traced as far back to the Paleolithic period.

Isfahan, rich in history and cultural heritage, make it an attractive tourist destination. Many visitors believe Isfahan is the most beautiful city in Iran and one of the most beautiful in the world. Famous for it’s handicrafts such as silverware, copper work and pottery.

Every place I visited while in Isfahan, I just could not get enough. I wanted to go back and look for a second time. I felt like my mind was just astounded by it all. How did I wait this long to come see this stunning city? I visited during a religious holiday so not everything was open, however I felt like I saw so much. Isfahan is profoundly, breath-taking. As I look back at these pictures from my experience, it still gives me goosebumps.