Isfahan City, historically rendered in English as Ispahan or Sepahan is a city in Iran.
It is located 406 kilo meters south of Tehran and it is the capital of Isfahan Province.
The city has a population of more than 2 million people thus the third largest city in Iran.
It was once one of the largest cities in the world.
Isfahan is an important city as it is located at the intersection of the two principal north–south and east–west routes that traverse Iran.
The city is famous for its Perso-Islamic architecture, grand boulevards, covered bridges, palaces and tiled mosques.
The city has many historical buildings, monuments, paintings and artifacts.
The Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world. UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site.
8 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN ISFAHAN CITY
- Don’t bring or drink alcohol. Instead, stick to the coffee during your stay.
- Don’t talk politics. Instead, you may listen but don’t offer you views. Iranians are very sensitive on this topic.
- Avoid Public display of affection. Instead, avoid, kissing, hugging or even putting your arms around your loved one.
- Do not photograph government buildings. Instead, be careful of the signs that ban taking photos in certain areas.
- Don’t sit next to the opposite sex on a public transport. Instead, stay one side along with your same sex colleagues, unless you are marrried to the opposite sex.
- Never give the thumbs up gesture. In Iran, it is an insult.Instead, just avoid using it at all costs.
- Don’t take photos of locals randomly. Instead, seek permission first before doing so.
- Don’t drive in Iran. Instead, use public transport or taxis.
7 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ISFAHAN CITY
- In 2015, Isfahan and Rasht were the first cities in Iran to join the World Creative Cities Network under UNESCO.
- Naghsh Jahan Square, with a length of 560 meters and a width of 160 meters, is one of the largest squares in the world.
- The ram and the ewe are known as the animal symbol of Isfahan.
- One of the reasons why Isfahan is called “half the world” is that the city has more than six thousand historical monuments that are hundreds or even thousands of years old.
- During the Safavid period, the city of Najafabad was built as a trading city to provide food for the city of Isfahan.
- Most of the historical monuments that remain in Isfahan belong to the Islamic era.
- Naghsh Jahan Square was built during the reign of Shah Abbas in Isfahan.