One of the most important historical cities in Iran, it is the country’s third largest city and dates back over 2700 years to a Jewish settlement.
It was sacked by the Muslim armies in 640, again by the Mongols in 1241 and then by Timur.
Isfahan’s glory came when it was reconstructed by the Safavid monarch Shah Abbas I who moved his capital here in 1591. The monuments from this period include palaces, grand mosques, caravanserais and bridges – many of which are considered masterpieces of Islamic art.
After the overthrow of the Safavid the city fell into decadence as the Qajar moved the capital to Tehran.
Isfahan has long been noted for its fine carpets and silver filigree. Its stunning architecture, tree-lined boulevards and relaxed pace make it the undisputed highlight of Iran’s cities.
For everyone going to Iran, Esfahan is a certain stop, and it’s one of the places that you will remember for a long time.
Forget Paris, Esfahan is the most beautiful city in the world.
The Persians called it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half World”. From 1592 to 1722, Esfahan was the Capital of Persia.
Esfahan got so much to offer so you can easily spend a week if not more there.
The city covered with beautiful hand-painted tiling and magnificent public square.