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In a dry city which is located at the edge of desert, with long hot summer, Gardens and streams of waters, beautiful roses, shades of trees, sound of birds and nightingales play a great role in our lives. In great part of Iranian literature, especially poems, gardens are beautiful parts of our lives. In holy Quran, several verses of this holy book talks about paradise, full of green trees, pure and fresh streams of water, and other blessing of Almighty Allah is promised. Gardens are a small symbol of the promised paradise. Thanks to Zayandeh rud River which has created a green ring in the neighborhood of desert.
The Hasht Behesht palace was built in the centre of Baghe Bolbol (The Nightingale Garden) dates back to 1660. The palace is the most important building wh
ich was built during Shah Suleiman Safavid time. The palace experienced new styles of stucco work and stained glass and mirror works.
Hasht Behesht was renovated by Fathali Shah Qajar in the 19th century. It was used as residential palace by Zele Sultan (Fathali Shah’s son). This useless man even did not maintain ornamentations of the palace.
Chahar Taghi is a type of Sassanid and pre – Islamic architecture, but the style ...see more was beautifully developed and enlarged at the time of Safavid dynasty. The structure has octagonal shape and this kind of shape can be seen in various part of it. It is two storey palaces which have been seriously damaged.
During hot summer days, circulation of air and wind, cooled by surrounding water streams and beautiful plane, and sycamore trees created nice comfortable environment for residents.
The original palace was decorated with beautiful gilded mosaics, mirror work, plaster work, and various kinds of floral paintings on plaster. Especially ceiling of the palace was ornamented with variety of plastered pendent decorations. Unfortunately Zele Sultan, the crazy resident neglected valuable Safavid ornamentation and covered major parts of original decorations with plaster and redecorated with inartistic designs.
For new layers of plasters they had to hammer old layer and then covered the ruined original layer (notched paintings) in order to cover new layer of decoration. The new plaster layer stuck to the walls.
The palace was repaired recently. New layers of Zele Sultan time were removed. The original layer which was notched and ruined was repaired.
Hasht Behesht is a unique garden pavilion. Today the palace’s garden is converted into a public park; therefore it has lost its original features and shapes.

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Isfahan's Tourist attractions

Ali Qapu

Ali Qapu

At the west of Maidane Immam (Naghsh-e Jahan), just in front of the Sheikh Lotfollah mosque one, of the most magnificent palaces of 17th century is located. The Ali Qapu palace is well-known palace all over Iran. The first part of palace was built in 1597. It was used as a residential p...

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Hasht Behesht (Eight heavens)

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In a dry city which is located at the edge of desert, with long hot summer, Gardens and streams of waters, beautiful roses, shades of trees, sound of birds and nightingales play a great role in our lives. In great part of Iranian literature, especially poems, gardens are beautiful parts...

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Chehel Sotun (fourty poles)

Chehel Sotun (...

Several palaces were built in Isfahan, during Safavid era few of them have survived. Even those which have survived were severely damaged. The palace of Chehel Sotun (palace of 40 pillars) is located in a vast beautiful garden. The original garden was larger than now. The present garden...

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Naghsh-E- Jahan  (IMAM SQUARE)

Naghsh-E- Jaha...

Nagsh means "pattern" and Jahan means "world". This square is the most beautiful and magnificent sight of Isfahan. Several descriptions have been written about this square (Maidan). The square is 510 meters long and 163 meters wide and the arena of it is about 80000 square meters. The ...

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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

Sheikh Lotfoll...

A masterpiece of world's architecture was built during the reign of Shah Abbas the great. Sheikh Lotfollah was one of Shiite prominent, preachers and clergies who came from Jabal Amel in Lebanon to Isfahan. The Shah Abbas supported him and the Sheikh took up residence in Isfahan and the...

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Siosepol

Siosepol

Siosepol or Siose Bridge (which means 33 Bridge or the Bridge of 33 Arches), also called the Allah-Verdi Khan Bridge, is one of the eleven bridges of Isfahan, Iran. This is probably the most famous of Isfahan's bridges.The bridge connects central Chahar Bagh to the lower part of Chahar...

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Monar Jonban

Monar Jonban

The Monar Jonban (Shaking Minarets), or Menar-e-jomban, is a manument located in Isfahan, in central Iran. Construction began in 14th century to cover the grave of Amu Abdollah Soqla. Its notable feature is that if one of the minarets is shaken, the other minaret will shake as well. Th...

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Isfahan's birds park

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Esfahan Bird Garden is founded in 1996 the garden covers more than 50,000 square meters, most of which is enclosed by a net suspended high off the ground giving the 125 or so species of birds plenty of room to fly around freely whilst making sure that they don’t escape their environs. ...

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Isfahan's Customs

biryani

biryani

During the Safavid dynasty, a dish called Berian Polo (Nastaliq script: بریان پلو) was made with lamb or chicken, marinated overnight – with yogurt, herbs, spices, dried fruits like raisins, prunes or pomegranate seeds – and later cooked in a tannour oven. It was then served with steame...

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Kaleh Joosh ( kale joosh )

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2 Cups Kashk 1 Bunch Mint 1/2 Cup Walnut 1 Small Onion 2 Garlic Cloves 2 Tbsp vegetable Oil Turmeric PREPARATIONS: 1- Dice the onion and the garlic cloves 2- Mince the mint 3- Shred the walnut DIRECTIONS: 1- Fry the Onions and garlic with two tbs vegetable oil in a pot...

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Celebrating and ceremony of making rosewater

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Every year, many people from different parts of the country and abroad visit Kashan, the hub of Mohammadi Rose in Iran. The season for picking rose and preparing rosewater is from early May to mid-June. In May, the scent of rose spreads over different areas of Kashan, such as Qamsar, Jo...

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Khoresht -e mast ( yogurt stew )

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"Khoresht-e mast" (yogurt stew) is a traditional dish in Isfahan. Unlike other stews despite its name, it is not served as a main dish and with rice; Since it is more of a sweet pudding it is usually served as a side dish or dessert. The dish is made with yogurt, lamb/mutton or chicken,...

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Sumac Potage(Ash Somagh)

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Isfahan's Goods And Crops

Inlay working ( Khatam Kari)

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Isfahan's Carpet

Isfahan's Carp...

Carpets are one of the first artistic handicrafts which have been woven since ancient times in Persia . Iranian Carpets have always been famous all over the world. Almost all international tourists buy even a small Iranian carpet during their trips in Iran. The oldest Persian carpet was...

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Enamel working (Mina Kari)

Enamel working...

Enamel working and decorating metals with colorful and baked coats are one of the distinguished artwork in Isfahan. Although this course is of abundant use industrially for producing metal and hygienic dishes, it has been paid high attention by painters, goldsmiths and metal engravers ...

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Gaz

Gaz

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