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Esfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb Esfahân nesf-e jahân ast: "Esfahan is half of the world".
The Naghsh-e Jahan (or Imam) Square in Esfahan is one of the biggest city squares in the world and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. It has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city also has a wide variety of historic monuments ranging from the Sassanid to the Safavid dynasties. Remaining Islamic architectural sites were built from 11th to the 19th century while older pre-Islamic monuments date back to 1000 B.C.
In Esfahan, Iran, a bus driver took extra miles to drive me, after dropping off all passengers, to the train terminal just because I am his friend from foreign land. Iranians are so proud of their country and make visitors welcomed by always greeting "Welcome to Iran! Welcome to my country!". Where else on earth do people care of foreign visitors, except for the time they try to make tourists money?
It is a nice city to stay for at least 3-4 days. Go and enjoy it.
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