Imam Mosque

In 1598, when Shah Abbas decided to move the capital of his Persian 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 this ancient city. By choosing the central city of Isfahan, fertilized by the Zāyandeh River (“The life-giving river“), […]

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Naqsh-e Jahan, is an square situated at the center of Isfahan city, constructed between 1598 and 1629 A.D. which is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. It is also referred to as Shah Square or Imam Square.The square is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era.   On the west side is the Ali Qapu Palace. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is situated on […]

Sheikh Lofollah Mosque

Of the four monuments that dominated the perimeter of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, this one was the first to be built. The purpose of this 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 minarets and […]

Eram Garden (Baq-e Eram)

With their beautiful flowers, refreshing air, aromatic myrtles and towering cypress trees, including one tree which is said to date back to 3000 years ago (Sarv-e naz), the Eram Gardens are a major tourist attraction, especially during the spring. Both the building and the garden were built during the middle of thirteenth century by the Ilkhanate or […]

Hafez Tomb (Hafezieh)

The Tomb of Hafez and its associated memorial hall, are two memorial structures erected in the northern edge of Shiraz, in memory of the celebrated Persian poet Hafez. The open pavilion structures are situated in the Musalla Gardens on the north bank of a seasonal river and house the marble tomb of Hafez. The present buildings, built in 1935 and […]

Saadi Tomb

The Tomb of Saadi is a tomb and mausoleum dedicated to the Persian poet Saedi in the Iranian city of Shiraz. Saadi was buried at the end of his life at a Khanqah at the current location. In the 13th century a tomb built for Saadi by Shams al-Din Juvayni, the vizir of Abaqa Khan. In the 17th century, this tomb was destroyed. […]

Bazaar of Yazd

This Bazaar is one of the oldest traditional bazaars in Iran and in the world; It is divided into three main parts devoted to Gold & Jewelry, Copper Products and Texture. The alleyways of this covered bazaar extend back to the 9th century and make for a diverting hour. Many stores sell various grades of […]

Jame Mosque

This 12th-century mosque, still in use today, was first built under Ala’oddoleh Garshasb of the Al-e Bouyeh dynasty. Situated adjacent to the center of the city of Yazd, the complex of the Jame mosque of Yazd was founded in the twelfth century; however, what stands on the site today is the new mosque (masjid-i jadid) built in 1324 under the […]

Lari’s House (Khane-ye Lariha)

This 150-year-old building is one of the best-preserved houses in yazd. With the Badgirs (wind towers), traditional doors, stained-glass windows, elegant archways and alcoves distinguish this attraction as one of the city’s grandest homes. It is worth noting the particularly delicate white-and-cream plaster work, traced with slivers of mirror, that decorate the courtyard Iwans. The merchant […]

Qare Kelisa (Saint Thaddeus Church)

According to the tradition of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Saint Thaddeus, also known as Saint Jude, (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot), evangelized the region of Armenia and Persia.[5] Thaddeus suffered martyrdom in Armenia, according to the same tradition, and is revered as an apostle of the Armenian Church. Legend has it that a […]