Isfahan tourism

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  • Isfahan in pictures

    Isfahan in pictures

    Iran’s top tourist destination is waiting for you to be discovered. Ancient Islamic and pure Persian architecture, gorgeous historical sites, domes and minarets covered with fantastic colorful tiles, traditional Iranian culture, friendly locals and many beautiful hidden locations are among the characteristics that make Isfahan to be the jewel of Iran.

  • How far is Iran's tourism industry away from desired status?

    How far is Iran's tourism industry away from desired status?

    By considering Iran's rich cultural and historical background, if the country tries to be among the 20 most visited tourist destinations in the world, it will be a great step in this regard. Unfortunately, nowadays, travel agencies of the world are more cooperating with countries like Georgia, Russia, Turkey, and Armenia than Iran.

  • All arts in one palace!

    All arts in one palace!

    One of the most visited attractions in Isfahan is Chehel Sotoun Palace. It is a mansion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool which was built by Shah Abbas II. This place used to be a residence to receive dignitaries and ambassadors. This building is registered on UNESCO Cultural Heritage List in 2011.

  • Shaking Minaret

    Shaking Minaret

    The Monar Jonban (Shaking Minarets) is a stunning historical building located in the west of Isfahan. This interesting monument has been built 700 years ago during Ilkhanid era. It was constructed over the tomb of Abdollah Soqla.

  • Ab Malakh waterfall

    Ab Malakh waterfall

    Ab Malakh is a beautiful waterfall located in 160 kilometers west of Isfahan, and 60 kilometers distance of Semirom.

  • Discover fiery colors of Semirom in autumn

    Discover fiery colors of Semirom in autumn

    Autumn is the most beautiful season to take photos of nature in Semirom; seeing the trees turn yellow and red will cheer anyone up. Enjoy the last warm days of the year in Semirom with plenty to do from exploring the fiery colors of Semirom forests to collect wild plants.

  • Lost in history

    Lost in history

    Visiting bazaars in Isfahan is definitely sound awesome. They have unique and complicated architectures that display the rich history of Isfahan during Safavid era.  Bazaars are the greatest places to hang out after walking in the city; you can spend hours wandering around, looking for Isfahan specific souvenirs to buy, as well as spices and sweets. However, some parts of the vaulted arcades along the bazaars need urgent repair and restoration.  There are obvious damages in the ceiling, walls and the load-bearing columns that in case of any delay, these historic textures will be destroyed.

  • Naghsh-e Jahan square; historical jewel in heart of Isfahan

    Naghsh-e Jahan square; historical jewel in heart of Isfahan

    Naghsh-e Jahan square which literally means "image of the world", known as Imam square or Shah square; This beautiful historical site is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of Isfahan that is situated at the center of Isfahan.

  • Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art

    Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art

    Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art which is situated in Ostandari Street and next to the Museum of Natural History, belongs to the Safavid era.

  • Sialk hill; ancient treasure in Kashan

    Sialk hill; ancient treasure in Kashan

    The ancient treasure, Sialk hill, is widely known as the birth place of the world's first civilization

  • Abbasi house architectural masterpiece in Kashan

    Abbasi house architectural masterpiece in Kashan

    Abbasi house is a large historical house located in the central district of Kashan, Isfahan. This traditional house dates back to the late 18th century. It is belonged to a wealthy glass merchant, who built it for his family. Now, this house has changed to a beautiful museum; the Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization is responsible to protect it.

  • Iconic German cars on parade in Isfahan
  • Vank cathedral in Isfahan

    Vank cathedral in Isfahan

    Vank cathedral is located in the new Jolfa neighborhood of Isfahan; Vank literally means "monastery" or "convent" in the Armenian language. The church was built in 1606, during the reign of Shah Abbas II. Several years after its construction, it was rebuilt, and this time the construction process lasted for nine years.

  • St. Mary Church

    St. Mary Church

    The St. Mary church which is located in West Nazar Street, Jolfa neighborhood of Isfahan, dates back to Safavid era. This building is registered in the list of national monument of Iran on March 8, 2003, with the registration number of 7647.

  • Jarchi Mosque

    Jarchi Mosque

    Jarchi Mosque was built in 1019 AH by Malek Sultan Jarchi Bashi, near the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan. It has no courtyard, and is actually like a shabestan.

  • Aran-Bidgol salt lake

    Aran-Bidgol salt lake

    The salt lake is located in the central desert region of Iran. This lake is known as Aran va Bidgol salt lake. Choosing this name is due to the high salinity of the lake, in such a way that salt particles float on the lake in the summer.

  • Hotel Jahan; historical negligence

    Hotel Jahan; historical negligence

    Isfahan (IMNA) - "Amrik", "Ferdosi", and "Jahan" are three old names of a hotel in Chaharbagh Abbasi Avenue. This palace with a neoclassical architecture and pediment roof is one of the first modern hotels in Isfahan; its eastern side has three floors and 32 rooms, and the western side has 2 floors and about 12 rooms. This historical building was the theater center of Isfahan for 20 years, however it turned to boys dormitory in 1980s. Hotel Jahan, like other historical and magnificent buildings of Isfahan, was being forgotten, and now it is nearly collapsing. It is reminded as the "Historical negligence", but this year, the urban management has tried to revive this 90-years old building to regain its prosperity by removing the obstacles.

  • Ta'Ziyeh Khani ritual in Dehaghan

    Ta'Ziyeh Khani ritual in Dehaghan

    Ta'Ziyeh Khani ritual is being held in Dehaghan county with the participation of Ta'Ziyeh Khans (Ta'Ziyeh singers or readers) of Isfahan province.

  • Economic recession taken life of Persian enamel art

    Economic recession taken life of Persian enamel art

    ”The price of the colors used in the Persian enamel has been raised  following the increase in the value of exchange rate since the colors are imported from abroad. Consequently, the products prices increase and subsequently tourists’ purchasing powers decrease,” a handicraft artist said.

  • Tiran; the county of stone doors

    Tiran; the county of stone doors

    The ancient stone doors in Tiran and Karvan county date back to before the time of Aryan migration into Iran.

  • Natural Beauty of Wilderness in Varzaneh

    Natural Beauty of Wilderness in Varzaneh

    Varzaneh desert is located about 100 kilometers east of Isfahan and 150 kilometers west of Yazd.

  • Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Isfahan

    Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Isfahan

    The fire temple of Isfahan is located in the western part of Isfahan, in the road of Isfahan-Najaf Abad, near Monar Jonban, on top of a rocky and low hill. The temple was inspired by the Zoroastrianism, which was the main religion of Ancient Persia and a minority religion in Iran of today.

  • Mourning tent of Muharram raises up in Isfahan

    Mourning tent of Muharram raises up in Isfahan

    Traditional ceremony of raising up the mourning tent of Muharram in Emamzadeh Haroun-e-Velayat was held with the presence of Isfahani mourners.

  • Must visit village in Isfahan

    Must visit village in Isfahan

    Abyaneh village is situated in the highlands of central district of Natanz county .

  • Dovecotes in Isfahan

    Dovecotes in Isfahan

    Some researchers believe that dovecots are the masterpieces of Safavid architecture, and suppose that the first pigeon towers were built during the reign of Shah Abbas.

  • Hasht Behehst palace of Isfahan

    Hasht Behehst palace of Isfahan

    The Hasht behesht historical palace of Isfahan is located in the middle of the city, in the Westside of Chahrbagh Abbasi Avenue, on the opposite side of Sheikhbahaee Street.

  • Grapes, Tourism, and Ecotourism Festival  to hold in Isfahan

    Grapes, Tourism, and Ecotourism Festival to hold in Isfahan

    "The fourth edition of Grapes, Tourism, and Ecotourism Festival of Hassan Robat village will be held on September 7," the Chairman of the Islamic Council of Hassan Robat village said.

  • Isfahan music museum; treasure of art

    Isfahan music museum; treasure of art

    Isfahan music museum is situated in a street with trees all around in the old neighborhood of Jolfa in Isfahan.

  • Melaneysan synagogue

    Melaneysan synagogue

    Melaneysan synagogue belonging to the late Qaja is located before Mahiforoushan crossroad, in Ghaz Bazaar, Ghiam Square, Joobare neighborhood, Isfahan. This monument is registered in the list of national monument of Iran on May 10, 2007, with the registration number of 19037.

  • Traditional weaving - sofreh; heritage of old women

    Traditional weaving - sofreh; heritage of old women

    When there weren’t any plastic Sofrehs, cotton Sofrehs were spread around the houses and everyone sits around them to eat.