Isfahan

Isfahan

Under the rule of Shah Abbas the Great of the 16th century Safavid dynasty, Isfahan became a celebrated and beautiful city, referred to as Nesf-e-Jahan, meaning “half of the world.”  Even after centuries of turmoil and destruction at the hands of foreign invaders, Isfahan’s grace is palpable. Explore one of the largest public squares in the world, the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan, surrounded by the blue mosaic-tiled Ali-Qapu Palace, where Safavid Kings watched polo games from the balcony, and the mosques of Sheikh Lotfollah and the Imam, some of the finest in the country. Visit the Armenian Quarter and the graceful arched bridges over the Zayandeh River, lined with relaxing teahouses.

PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013