"Half the World" Esfahan by JohnniOmani
Esfahan Travel Guide: 336 reviews and 991 photos
Esfahan is Iran's masterpiece, the jewel of ancient Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world. The amazing blue mosaic tiles of Esfahan's Islamic buildings, its massive bazaar and it beautiful bridges demand at least a week to take it all in. It's a city for walking, getting lost in, drinking tea, and chatting with locals in the stunning tea houses in the bridges crossing the river. The Persian culture and experience can be best seen around Imam squares with the carpet sellers along side families having picnics in the evening. The Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and Chehel Sotun Palace are breathtaking to the traveler. Overwhelming hospatality make this city a must see in the Middle East.Esfahan has to be one of the most beautiful Islamic cities in the World. It is home to the best square in the World not to mention the best Islamic Architecture on the planet. I spent about four full days here and I was absolutely intoxicated with the vibe and the youth impressed me like no other people on earth. I spent several sights with four young girls and they opened up my eyes to their city and country like no other I have ever experienced. The young vibrant locals make this city one of the most memorable cities in recent years. A great experience.
There are few better ways to spend an afternoon than strolling along the Zayandeh River, crossing back and forth usng the fairytale bridges, stopping in their cosy teahouses(built into the pillars) and just relaxing with the Esfahanis. Such a stroll is especially pleasant at sunset and early evening when most of the bridges are illuminated. In total, 11 bridges cross the river, and all but one of the historic crossing lie to the east of Chahar Bagh St. The Si-o-Seh Bridge, Chubi,Khaju to the Sharestan Bridge make this relaxing journey a highlight to this great city.
The Armenian Quarter of Esfahan is Jolfa. It dates from the time of Shah Abbas I, who transported this colony of Christians from the town of Jolfa and named it New Jolfa. Abbass sought their skills as merchants, entrepreneurs and artists-a look at the walls of Vank Catherdral reveals what he was after. The Armenian Christians had their religious freedoms respected, but they were restricted to one area and kept away from the Islamic centers. There are 13 churches and old cementaries around this area of town and by Iranian standards Jolfa is very liberal. Many residents speak English and the eating is amazing. This was a highlight of Esfahan and it should not be missed.
- Pros:Young curious Locals, Islamic Buildings and Awesome Vibe
- Cons:Traffic but not many complaints on this one
- In a nutshell:In the top 3 most interesting cities in the region
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