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Isfahan, esfahan, iran isfahan,iran
  • Iran
  • Isfahan
  • 107,029 km²
  • ISF
  • +3:30 UTC
  • IRR
  • Persian
  • 4.8 million

General Information About Isfahan

Isfahan is situated in the center of the country, 435 KM south of Tehran. Isfahan symbolizes the past and the present of Iran. Isfahan may be a complete manifestation of the Iranian-Islamic civilization, culture and arts that are as old as Iran herself.It was a former capital of Persian kingdom during the Safavid dynasty. Most of the landmarks and monuments in this city have remained from that period.

History and Culture

The history of Isfahan can be traced back to the Palaeolithic period. In recent discoveries, archaeologists have found artifacts dating back to the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron ages. The city emerged gradually over the course of the Elamite civilization (2700 - 1600 BCE) under the name of Aspandana also spelt Ispandana. During the Median dynasty, this commercial entrepôt began to show signs of a more sedentary urbanism, steadily growing into a noteworthy regional center that benefited from the exceptionally fertile soil on the banks of the Zayendehrud River. Once Cyrus the Great (reg. 559 - 529 BCE) unified Persian and Median lands into the Achaemenid Empire (648 - 330 BCE), the religiously and ethnically diverse city of Isfahan became an early example of the king's fabled religious tolerance. The Parthians (250 BCE - 226 CE) continued this tradition after the fall of the Achaemenids, fostering the Hellenistic dimension within Iranian culture and political organization introduced by Alexander's invading armies. Under the Parthians, Arsacid governors administered a large province from Isfahan, and the city's urban development accelerated to accommodate the needs of a capital city. The next empire to rule Persia, the Sassanids (226 - 652 CE), presided over massive changes in their realm, instituting sweeping agricultural reform and reviving Iranian culture and the Zoroastrian religion. The city was then called by the name Spahān in Middle Persian. The city was governed by "Espoohrans" or the members of seven noble Iranian families who had important royal positions, and served as the residence of these noble families as well. Extant foundations of some Sassanid-era bridges in Isfahan suggest that the kings were also fond of ambitious urban planning projects. While Isfahan's political importance declined during the period, many Sassanian princes would study statecraft in the city, and its military role developed rapidly. Its strategic location at the intersection of the ancient roads to Susa and Persepolis made it an ideal candidate to house a standing army, ready to march against Constantinople at any moment. One etymological theory argues that the name 'Aspahan' derives from the Pahlavi for 'place of the army.

In 1598 Shah Abbas the Great moved his capital from Qazvin to the more central and Persian Isfahan, called Ispahān in early New Persian so that it wouldn't be threatened by his arch rival, the Ottomans. This new importance ushered in a golden age for the city, with architecture, prestige, and Persian culture flourishing. From Abbas' time and on, the city was also settled by thousands of deportees from the Caucasus (Most notably Georgians) which Abbas and his predecessors had settled en masse in Persia's heartland. At the end of the 16th century the city is said to have at least 250 000 Georgian inhabitants. During the time of Abbas and on Isfahan was very famous in Europe, and many European travellers made an account of their visit to the city, such as Jean Chardin. This all lasted until it was sacked by Afghan invaders in 1722 during the Safavids heavy decline. The capital subsequently moved several times until settling in Tehran in 1795. In the 20th century the city was settled by very large amounts of peoples from south Iran, firstly during the population movements in the early 20th century, but also in the 1980s following the Iran-Iraq war.


Isfahan Main Districts


Walden is one of the districts of city and regional Marbin small and plain full of trees, flowers and nursery roses. The north of the narrow corner of the vegetable oil factory near Tehran, Isfahan way is nice. Today, this part has been produced within reach of urbanization and gradually all the old relics it disappeared. Walden on the north by Sudan, on the south by Javan and Barzan Rehnan neighborhood and street to street Khomeini Smdyh Labaf and from East to West Street Nowadays neighborhood Jnyran Laudan and connected neighborhoods.

Nasr Abad

Great location in the city of Isfahan. The neighborhood near the Temple of the street, and one of the biggest attractions of the garden birds in its place.


Or the local language Tokhchy to Tokhchy name of one of the old quarters of Isfahan. Today his name is holy ground. Toqchy appellation to the north gate of the beginning because of the old saying, with a vast and fertile gardens, and green collar around the north of the garden are mostly covered the royal and the southern part of the neighborhood was ghetto as well as in the eastern part of the neighborhood cemetery dating back to the Safavid had made quite distinct from the field. Toqchy near the falcon house is a large garden to garden building that dates back to the Safavid period. It seems to use the garden in addition to the royal family recreation during the summer, breeding birds of prey, the falcon was.birds of prey have been undertaken and the nature of the neighborhood where they lived with their families in the neighborhood are said Toqchy.


Jooybareh historic neighborhood with unique features, one of the most important tourist and cultural core of the city is the core of the main Myshvd.Jooybareh city whose origin is traced to the Achaemenid rule. Jooybareh main Jewish neighborhood of the neighborhood, but should not be considered a ghetto neighborhood in the northeast of the JJooybareh Vrd.mhlh the north of Jerusalem, on the south by Abdul Razzaq, from the West to the streets and squares of the Old and Hatef Soroush is limited to the streets of the East. Jooybareh the Old Square of (the old) and goose market, passing through the neighborhood Jooybareh start to set synagogues, the tomb of Kamal al-Din, two minarets soup kitchens and eventually mature into the streets and through parks and malls Sarban Minaret Kamal al-Din Ismail Mirza and from there to the Seljuk minaret forty girls leads to the gates of the old city center access axis and the axis is the oldest old.


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Best Time To Go

The best time to visit Esfahan will be when the average temperatures are at a comfortable level (between 20°C / 68.0°F and 30°C / 86.0°F on average) which is during months May, June, July, August and September. Other great months to visit Esfahan are March, April, October and November when the average temperatures are a little cooler but still between a pleasant 10°C / 50.0°F and 20°C / 68.0°F. If you don't mind bringing a coat, you might also enjoy visiting Esfahan during January, February and December but average temperatures are fairly cool (between 0°C / 32.0°F and 10°C / 50.0°F).

Local Food

Special delicacies are prepared in both the urban and rural areas of the province. These are several kinds of soup or the traditional types of Aash, prepared with broth, leafy vegetables and lentils. Types of abgoosht or meat broth and lentils. A wide array of soups, side dishes, curries accompanied with rice, and pickles to mention a few.


Souvenir and Handicraft

The province of Esfahan is reputed for its handicrafts and can be considered as an important sector in this regard. Besides its own local products, specialties from other provinces of Iran are also produced here. Since this province is highly favored by tourists, it is an obvious fact that handicrafts play a vital part in this area. The most important of these are the following: Carpet weaving, brocade weaving, kilim (or a coarse carpet), enamel work, khatam (inlaid work), engraving on metal, silver work, jewelry making, ceramic and tiles and types of sweetmeats, such as 'gaz' and 'souhan'.


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Abbasi Hotel
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The Abbasi Hotel (formerly known as the Shah Abbas Hotel) is a hotel located in Isfahan, Iran. This complex was built at the time of king Sultan Husayn of Safavid about 300 years ago.

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Ali-Qapu Parsian Hotel
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Ali-Qapu Parsian luxury four-star hotel located in the center of town with beautiful architecture is traditional in the historic city of Isfahan.

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Aseman Hotel
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4 star, Aseman hotel Isfahan 4-star Hotel with a special position in the beautiful and historical city of Isfahan is located at the edge of the river. This hotel comprises 13 floors and has 100 various rooms, revolving restaurant over the hotel, auditorium,

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Atigh traditional hotel related to the Qajar period, and on 23 Shahrivar, 1382 Bashmarh 10226 registered as a national Azasar has been registered.

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Espadana Hotel
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Iranian architecture, the city is indebted to architecture and art in hotel design Spadana with beautiful view of the thirty-three bridge has a special flavor.

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Parsian Kowsar Hotel
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Kowsar Esfahan Hotel in esfahan: TheKowsar Hotel enjoys the priviledge of being situated amongst a collection of Iranian historical and cultural monuments. Further, it stands across the Zayandeh River and the Sio Seh Pol Bridge (Thirty - Three - Arched - Bridge).

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Part Hotel
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Part top three-star hotel located in the heart of historic town and adjacent to the main shopping centers, monuments and historic palaces of the beautiful city of Isfahan.

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Piroozi Hotel
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4 star Piroozi Hotel in Isfahan is one the comfort accommodation places you can find in city center.

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Safir Hotel
Isfahan Iran

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4 star, SafirHotel Hotel is a modern architecture in the historic city of Isfahan. These hotels are located in the main street of town guests can easily enter the traditional art market and are set Abbasi.

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Sepahan Hotel
Isfahan Iran

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Sepahan Hotel of Isfahan is a three-star hotel accommodation centers. The first standard residences of the great location in the city center and near the monuments Dard.

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Sheikh Bahai hotel
Isfahan Iran

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Sheikh Bahai hotel adjacent to the beautiful and historic street dating back four hundred years Chahar Bagh Abbasi as one of the most central streets of the country half the known world, is.

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4 star,The Bekhradi's Historical House is the first and only Safavid historical house (17th century) that has been restored and used in Iran as a traditional residence since 2005.

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