Naqsh-e Jahan Square 2017-03-05
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan Square is a square situated at the center of Isfahan city, Iran. Naqsh-e Jahan or Imam square constructed between 1598 and 1629.
The square is now an important site and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Imam Square is surrounded by buildings from Safavid era including:
– The Shah Mosque or Imam Mosque, on the south side of the square.
The Royal Mosque angled to face Mecca. It remains the most celebrated example of the colourful architecture which reached its high point in Iran under the Safavid.
– Aliqapu Palace, on the west side of the square.
The pasvilion of Aliqapu forms the monumental entrance to the palatial zone and to the royal gardens which extend behind it.
– Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, on the eastern side of the square.
The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque built as a private mosque for the royal court, is today considered one of the masterpieces of Safavid architecture.
– Isfahan Grand Bazaar, on the northern side of the square.
The portico of Qeyssariyeh leads to the 2km long Isfahan Bazaar.
The square built by Shah Abbas I the Great at the beginning of the 17th century.
At 512m long and 163m wide, naqsh-e Jahan is one of the largest squares in the world.