BRIEF HISTORY OF THE Isfahan CITY
Esfahan, meaning half of the world in Farsi, is an important oil city of Iran. Situated in the middle of the country, it is also a transportation hub for visitors and domestic business professionals. Esfahan has stunning architectures and art preservations. The city came into formation especially under the reign of the greatest Persian shah, Abbas I. Although an industrial city, the city is captured by sunshine most of the time. Temperature gap of day and night is big as Esfahan is a desert city located at the foot of Zagros mountain. However, with the Zagros not far away from the city, it is easy to get away to hiking destinations from Esfahan. It is a vibrant Middle Eastern metropole with plenty of food, entertainment options of modern cafes, traditional mosques, private nightclubs and parties, and formal praying. Esfahan is less hustle-bustle than Tehran with a comfortable amount of life-work balance.
TRANSPORTATION in Isfahan
By Flight: Tehran International Airport, Isfahan International Airport, Shiraz International Airport
By Bus: The most common ways for Iranians and foreign visitors to travel in Iran. Buses are affordable and luxurious. Visitors have enough legroom. Esfahan can be easily accessed from Shiraz or Tehran.
PEOPLE in Isfahan
Iranians are renowned for being extremely friendly. Although being a beautiful woman alone, especially if being an Asian, she can be constantly stared at or greeted from random men and women. Nonetheless, these greetings, sometimes verbal, are mostly out of curiosity of social customs. They can make visitors feel uncomfortable at first.
SAFETY in Isfahan
Iran is one of the safest countries in the Middle East. Esfahan is a very safe. Even walking on the street alone after midnight is safe. In comparison to Tehran, whose crimes were more of troubles as the capital (of underground drugs and nightlife), Esfahan enjoyed a more residential environment. Rip-offs can happen at most of the touristy sites. Do haggle. Overall, since the whole income level is low in Western standard, even a rip-off is an average price for Western visitors. It is suitable for solo females. Do dress modest and cover yourselves. It is not the fashion capital Tehran, overly ostentatious outfits can attract eyeballs. Avoid suburb places that most visitors don’t go.
TOP DESTINATIONS in Isfahan
1. Naqsh-e-Jahan Square (Imam Square)
The second biggest squares in the world, Naqsh-e-Jahan is a UNESCO must-do for many. Locals spent time strolling, while tourists, among many are photographing professionals, bowed their body to the ground to capture the perfect symmetry of Shah Mosque approaching sunsets. Locals may pester tourists to take photos with them.
2. Si-o-Se Bridge
One of the two paralleled bridges in Esfahan, the bridge was a pinnacle architecture from the Safavid Empire, the most power dynasties Persians had. Meaning the Bridge of 33, Si-o-Seh bridge is the best to be visited in the evening for all the light arts.
3. Kaju Bridge
Once a royal bridge, Khaju Bridge is now open for everyone.Situated not far from Si-o-Se Po, Khaju Bridge is an elevated platform linking waters from two sides of the bridge body. Once a water-preservation project, Khaju Bridge is a site where lovely night entertainment activities such as ballads happen.
4. Chehel Sotoun (40th Column Placce)
The greatest Persian shah, Shah Abbas I invited ambassadors from the world to dine and feast at the palace. Inside of the palace, there were amazing wall paints of grand battles and parties. There are wars fought against the Indians and the all-night-long fetes intended to entertain the Ottoman heirs. Shah Abbas took under his protection many Ottoman heirs, who escaped from their own countries caught among bloody power struggles.
5. Vank Church
A Christian church, Vank Church is in the middle of Jolfa area next to the main commercial street. The decoration inside of the church is stunning. The existence of the Church and the Armenian Quarter showed how religions could co-exit in the middle of the extremely Islamic regime.
6. Armenian Quarter / Jolfa
One of our favourite areas to go shopping, hanging out, and chilling. Jolfa is where the young people live and have nightlife. There are countless amazing cafes and restaurants in the area. A short stroll in this Armenian area or nearby enables you to find wonders.