Isfahan is one of the most beautiful cities in Iran and also in the world. It is known as the Half of The World. As we say it “Isfahan Nesfe Jahan” which means Isfahan is the Half of the World. This city located in the center of Iran and is one of the most popular destinations for all tourists from all over the world.
Isfahan is home to a lot of tourist attractions from historical landmarks, traditional cuisine, and pure Iranian culture to Persian music, songs, and folklore, as well as natural landmarks such as the Zayanderud River connecting two parts of the city by various historical bridges.
People from Isfahan are incredibly kind and hospitable, always looking to help tourists no matter their nationality and race. If you travel to Iran, no matter which tour & travel agency arranged your travel itinerary, Isfahan will be there for you to visit. So don’t forget to visit these 9 places to understand why Isfahan is the Half of the World!
1. Naqsh-e-Jahan Historical Square
Naqsh-e-Jahan Historical Square is the cornerstone of Isfahan city. Actually, Isfahan city grew around this square because it is the center of all trades and business that were booming in old times. Naqsh-e-Jahan historic square is literally a square where there is a historical landmark on each side.
2. Imam Historical Mosque
On one side of Naqsh-e-Jahan square, there is a beautiful historical mosque called Imam Mosque. It is also one of the largest historical mosques in Iran and it is a beautifully designed structure with a touch of pure Islamic architecture.
3. Ali-Qapu Historical Palace
Ali-Qapu Historical Palace is one of the landmarks on Naqsh-e-Jahan Historical Square that mesmerizes all tourists. This mysterious place is one of the masterpieces of Iranian architecture. It is actually a six-story structure but you can’t guess it from the outside unless you go in and climb up through the network of stairways inside.
4. Naqsh-e-Jahan Historical Bazaar
Around the Naqsh-e-Jahan square is surrounded by corridors full of shops and stores selling handicrafts, arts, Persian carpets, clothing, and lots of other stuff you can buy as a souvenir for your loved ones as a memory of your trip to Isfahan, Iran. Not interested in purchasing anything? Then just walk through the corridors and enjoy the traditional businesses that are flourishing under the roof of this historical bazaar.
5. 33-Pol Historical Bridge
33-Pol Historical Bridge (Si-o-Se-Pol) is one of the most beautiful bridges on the Zayanderun River connecting one side of Isfahan city to the other. This bridge, which was built in 1601 during the Safavid Dynasty era, got its name from 33 separate arcs standing on the main foundation of the bridge. 33-Pol Bridge reflects the pure Safavid architecture.
6. Khaju Historical Bridge
Another Historical Bridge in Isfahan is Khaju Bridge which is especially beautiful during the nights. One of the special things about this bridge is the gathering of people behind it in each of the arcs where they sing local songs, tell folklore tales, and dance until 3 or 4 in the morning.
7. 40-Sotun Historical Palace
40-Sotun Historical Palace is one of the spectacular landmarks in Isfahan that everyone should visit. “Sotun” is a Persian word that means pillar or column. The front facade of the structure is supported by 20 pillars, but the reflection of them in the water of the pool in the front yard made it 40 pillars. That is why this place is called 40-Sotun or 40-Pillars.
8. Vank Historical Bridge
Vank Historical Church (Cathedral), also known as The Holy Savior Cathedral or the Church of the Saintly Sisters is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Isfahan. This church features a lot of unique historical wall paintings as well as an amazing historical museum of arts & science.
9. Menar Jonban Historical Structure
A mysterious historical landmark in Isfahan is Menar Jonban or the Shaking Minarets. You might ask why it got this name and that is where the mysteries begin. Menar Jonban is unique in its architecture. Minarets are built separately from the main structure and if someone climbs one of the minarets and shakes it (which is not that hard) the other one will shake as well. They are somehow connected underneath but I’m not going to spoil it here. Travel to Isfahan and hear the story behind building Menar Jonban and understand why this mysterious phenomenon happens!
The Bottom Line
Isfahan is one of the most tourist-busy destinations in Iran and thousands of tourists from around the world visit it throughout the year. Isfahan is home to many unique historical landmarks, some of which are mysteriously beautiful. Isfahan is known as the Half of the World and you can only experience this by traveling there and seeing the place. If you have ever traveled to Isfahan, please share a memory or two of your trip down in the comment section. Also, tell me which landmark in Isfahan is your favorite one. Don’t forget to ask any question you have about Isfahan and its historical landmarks.
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