In the previous article, Iran Viva Tour took you on a dream trip to Isfahan with your love, the capital city of the Safavid dynasty, and introduced you to a part of the history, the monuments and historical places of the city. In this section, we will discuss some other monuments and historical places of interest in this city.
Vank Cathedral, a Tourist destination for European Tourists
Vank Cathedral is one of the most gorgeous places in Isfahan, with Iranian and European architecture. This church, located in the Jolfa Armenian quarter of Isfahan, is a popular tourist attraction in Isfahan. This building is built with raw clay; the exterior walls are built with brick and the interior ones with plaster with some beautiful paintings on them. These paintings, in the dome and corners of the building, refer to the stories of the bible, about the birth of Jesus and his ascension.
There is a section in this church to preserve books and ancient precious objects and is used as a museum of this church.
Never miss visiting these objects and the history of them. The secret behind these objects and the sensation that comes from thinking about the users, make this visit more amusing to us.
Make sure to include visiting this church in your trip to this city. Vank Cathedral would undoubtedly be one of the greatest memories of Isfahan.
Atashgah (Fire Temple) in Isfahan
A memory from Iranian ancient times, a building made of very large and thick bricks.
“Good Deeds, Good Thoughts & Good Words” is a ‘saying’ commemorating the Zoroastrianism.
Si-o-se-pol (Thirty-three bridge), the symbol of the city of Isfahan
Perhaps when the bridge was being built by Allahverdi Khan Ondiladze in 1602, the architects could not even imagine that, someday in the future, this structure would be a destination for thousands of tourists from all over the world; a place for two lovers, for two companions walking on and enjoying it.
Maybe you have thought about a romantic night in Isfahan, a night you can give your romantic words to your love. If so, you can go for a walk on this bridge, in the evening during the sunset, seek for yourself here on the bridge and find the sweetest words to express your true love to your special one, making the flames of your love stronger. Yes, this is the specialty of this bridge.
Tonight, tell whatever you have in your mind about love, and your sweetheart will have the same feeling to you. Si-o-se-pol, on which you are walking romantically, is a vaulted arch bridge and one of the famous symbols of the city of Isfahan. It is definitely worth watching under the lights at night that will relax your tired mind and delight your heart.
Khaju Bridge is another place where lovers go for a walk and a romantic talk about the pain of separation and the joy of reunion. The bridge, built in 1650, ordered by Shah Abbas II, has 24 arches and, according to Professor Arthur Upham Pope and Jean Chardin, is “the culminating monument of Persian bridge architecture.”
There is a special building in the middle of this bridge, called Biglar Beigi, built for the temporary residence of the Safavid king. This building includes some beautifully decorated arches. In the past, this place was used by the Safavid king to watch sailing and swimming competitions.
The bridge is also known as the Shahi Bridge, Baba Rukn al-Din Bridge and some other names. A question you might ask your tour guide could be that why there are two stone lions on the eastern side of the bridge.
In response, I should say that these lions are the symbol of Bakhtiari army, the guards of the city of Isfahan and Zayandehrud.
Chahar Bagh (Four Gardens)
Walking along the green trees and sightseeing the beautiful nature around, walking with your sweetheart through the trees and having a romantic chat is something that everybody is passionate about experiencing.
If you are also keen on this feeling on your trip, we invite you to one of the beautiful streets of Isfahan in a pleasant evening, to Chahar Bagh Avenue.
Another important monument in Isfahan is the Chahar Bagh Garden. In 1591, it was divided into two sections by Si-o-se-pol: Upper Chahar Bagh and Abbasi Chahar Bagh. Chahar Bagh avenue was constructed during the Safavid period. There was a channel for the flowing water and a route for the riders on this street.
Traditional Food in Isfahan
Eating the local food of the city you are visiting is an important part of a dream journey, especially if it is the first trip you take with your partner.
One of the most exciting parts of the trip to the historic cultural city of Isfahan is using its native food and delicious local sweets.
Our first recommendation to you, to make this romantic trip more fascinating, is having a traditional meal in this city. Beryan or the So-called biryani is the most popular traditional dish in this city of a thousand colors and memories.
This recipe is made from fresh sheep meat and it dates back to about 400 years ago as stated in the itineraries written by tourists traveled to Iran during the Safavid era.
Another traditional dish in Isfahan is the yogurt stew. This food is also made from fresh sheep, as well as yogurt and saffron, and is very tasty. This food is so popular among the people of the historical city of Isfahan so that it has been used, for more than 100 years, in important parties and celebrations in the city.
We recommand you to ask your tour guides to devote a day to the traditional dishes of the city and give yourself a memorable day. And remember that you should not be worried about keeping in shape or losing weight in Isfahan.
Sweets in Isfahan
For the Iranian people and the people from different parts of the world who travel to Isfahan, the name of this city associates with the sweet taste. That is because of the tasty and delicious sweets from this city. Sweets such as Gaz (Iranian nougat), Poolaki (a type of candy) and Bereshtook. To make a memorable trip to Isfahan, do not miss the city’s sweets.
Words cannot express the feeling of joy in drinking Iranian tea with Gaz, over Khaju Bridge, and listening to the pleasant sound of Zayandehrud. So many tourists travel from different places to Isfahan to enjoy this pleasure.
You are here with your love to enjoy in Isfahan, so do not miss this opportunity. There are different places in every corner of this city, where the lovers from different times in the history have signed their marriage contracts, remained loyal to each other and lived happily for years. You can also go to these places and renew your marriage contract with your love.
Aquarium Tunnel in Isfahan
By traveling back into the past, you may miss the present time and may need a peace of mind. What we recommend you is Najvan Park, the Aquarium in Isfahan.
It is the first Iranian aquarium tunnel, which features various types of underwater species from five continents.
A short and enjoyable journey, a visit to the past, customs and traditions, a city full of art and design, a romantic trip, a pleasant evening and memories of love from the city of lovers, the city of Isfahan.
We hope we could discuss just a little bit of the history of this beautiful city, and excite you with an imaginary trip to this city.
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