In the first post of Inside Iran, we got to explore the capital of the country and its numerous sites. In this post, our trip through Iran continues in the traditional town of Isfahan with its impressive attractions and delicious cuisine. We are now leaving Tehran and we are going to Isfahan with one of these VIP buses. Just $ for VIP bus, where you get this leg room. Salam from Isfahan, or Esfahan as the locals say. In this post, we’re going to show you around one of the most traditional cities of Iran. Let’s go. So, of course, one of the major tourist attractions here in Isfahan is the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, which is the second largest square in the world with about meters of length. And also, it’s the location where you can find most of the attractions in Isfahan.
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In, when Shah Abbas of the Safavid dynasty decided to move the capital of his empire from the northwestern city of Qazvin to the central city of Isfahan, he initiated what would become one of the greatest programs in Persian history, the complete remaking of the city. The ingenuity of the square was that, by building it, Shah Abbas would gather the three main components of power in Persia in his own backyard: the power of the clergy, represented by the Shah Mosque, the power of the merchants, represented by the Imperial Bazaar, and of course, the power of the Shah himself, residing in the Ali Qapu Palace. It’s pretty cool. The Shah Mosque, also known as Imam Mosque after the Iranian Revolution, is located at the south side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square and is considered as one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran. Along with the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the mosque is part of the Unesco world heritage. Next spot, also on the square, is the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, which is famous for its tiles inside. The purpose of the Lotfollah mosque was for it to be a private mosque of the royal court, unlike the Shah mosque, which was meant for the public. For this reason, the mosque does not have any minaretes and is of a smaller size. Centuries later, the doors were opened to the public who could admire the exquisite tile work inside. Every now and then, you should also try the street food. So, we got samboose and falafel. So, it’s filled with vegetables, potato, and meat. Fried stuff is always good stuff. So, our little food tour continues with Saffran -ice cream. David got his ice cream. Look at his happy face. And we got faloodeh. It’s basically like spaghetti ice cream.
Let’s try faloodeh. Mmm, it’s interesting. Tastes like lemon and not too bad. Another thing Isfahan is really famous for, or popular for, is that it is such a green city. You have a lot of these green alleys going through the city, you have a promenade along the river, so it’s really enjoyable to walk around and everything is in walking distance for tourists. So, great to explore! One of the things you should definitely check out while in Isfahan is the Abbasi Hotel, which is a year old beautiful hotel, a little bit like, nights. Even if you don’t stay here, you should check out the beautiful garden, and you can drink a tea at the traditional tea house or the coffee shop. Time for another Persian restaurant and a new dish. We just found out a new dishjust looked on the internet for a new dish. So, apparently that’s the place. Okay, we tried their local dish, as happens when you travel, and we took fesenjan. The typical rice, the sauce is sweet, there are walnuts in there, and it comes with chicken and rice. Really delicious. Really delicious. We booked a room in the Saba Hotel. And actually, we booked a double room, but we somehow have beds. And, look at the terrace.
You can have a party here. All of that for just $. With breakfast. Not too bad. Another must do when you are in Isfahan is the Chehel Sotoun Palace which was the reception hall of Shah Abbas II and is also part of the Unseco world heritage sites. The name, Chehel Sotoun, meaning columns in Persian, was inspired by the slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion, which when reflected in the waters of the fountain, are said to appear to be. Our friend Shayan brought us to the old streets of Esfahan. And, they’re not that high, and the reason for this is to protect the city of being captured by the enemies on horses, because they couldn’t get through. Pretty clever. Enemy. Also in Esfahan, you should go to the bazaar, because it’s one of the oldest and most traditional ones here in Iran. So, let’s dive into the bazaar. The Bazaar of Isfahan is one of the oldest and largest bazaars of the middle east. Athough, the present structure dates back to the Safavid era. Parts of it are more than, years old, dating back to the Seljuq dynasty. Finally, we got to smoke some shisha right in the bazaar of Isfahan. So, we’re now having Beryani, which is a traditional dish here from Isfahan. It’s made out of the lung of the sheep. It has meat in it and it’s in a bread, and you put basil on it. How does it taste? The mixture of the basil and the onions inside, it’s nice. It makes for good taste. Isfahan has so many bridges. This is the Si-o-seh bridge. Just walk along the promenade and take some pictures at night from this beautiful lit up bridges. Over there is another very colorful one. After the bridges, you should continue your night photography tour at the Nagsh-e Jahan Square, as it is mostly empty at nighttime. So far, Isfahanwe see each other in the next post from Shiraz. If you like this post, don’t forget to share with your friends, comment below, and share your tips for the city, and don’t forget to comment to this blog for new travel posts every Thursday.