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Esfahan Travel Guide: 353 reviews and 1,066 photos

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Isfahan or Esfahan contains a wide range of iranian-Islamic Architectural styles ranging from the 11th century (C.E.) to the 19th. This archive contains photographs and descriptions of some of the most interesting and unusual ones.


The royal palace of 'Ali Qapu dominates the south eastern side of the central square in Isfahan, formerly called the Meidan-e-Shah. Its name means "The High Gate" and its impressive entranceway was no doubt intended to symbolize the strength and authority of the Safavid monarchs who ruled the country, and, as the posters on the verandah show, this significance is retained even in present times when the square has been renamed Meidan-e-Imam.
Persian Architecture is made up of eight traditional forms which taken together form the foundation on which it was based in the same way that music was once based on a finite number of notes. These are modulated by the use of colours and textures to leaven the surfaces and are held together in an overall construction akin to that of a sonata in which connexion leads to culmination through a transition space.


To appreciate the skill of the architects and designers fully, it is necessary to have an appreciation of these fundamental concepts which are divided below, for convenience, under separate headings, although in the geometry and architecture of of the buildings they are woven together to present a seamless whole.

  • Last visit to Esfahan: Sep 2001
  • Intro Updated Apr 27, 2007
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  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2006 at 11:35 AM

    What more can i say but WOW! Really impressive page on a magnificent place. Happy birthday from Finland!

  • babar_1's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2004 at 7:20 AM

    Very impressive page, well written tips and fabolous photos af historiacl city. Greetingd from Pakistan ;-)

  • Nov 13, 2003 at 6:59 AM

    Sone absolutely beautiful pics--though I appreciated the tips that were in your own words the most. This is clearly a beautiful city that must be visited to be appreciated!

  • AyurinHiro's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2003 at 6:12 AM

    Oh,there are a lot of beautiful places. mosques,bridges.... they are beautifully illuminated :-) Thank you very much for visiting my page and for your warm birthday greeting. Have a good time!

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2003 at 8:12 PM

    Very beautiful photos taken of an extremely interesting place. I am very interested in the early religions, thank you.

  • Alphons's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2003 at 11:40 PM

    Very nice page, it looks like a beautiful place, greetings Alphons...


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