Undoubtedly, the name of Isfahan’s Qaisaria Bazaar has not reached everyone, and there are few people who are not familiar with it. But do all those who hear the name of this market know everything about this market? how about you? Did you know that there are rooms in this market that have not changed their use for more than 400 years and still have the same job 400 years ago? Did you know that this market is one of the most luxurious markets of antiquity and even the present?
You may think of luxury in modern building design, but an architectural masterpiece is more than just luxury architecture. Just like Isfahan’s Qaisaria Bazaar, which is both an architectural masterpiece and sells goods, they are often antique and very valuable. Yes, you are faced with a magnificent bazaar and an architectural masterpiece, the like of which is found in few places in the world and is considered one of the most spectacular historical monuments in Iran. If you would like to know less about this market, pack your bags and go with Alibaba Tourism Magazine Stay through the alleys of Isfahan to get acquainted with the facts about the antiques and handicrafts sales center of Isfahan, ie Qaisaria Bazaar.
Where is the address of Isfahan Qaisaria Bazaar?
Isfahan Qaisaria Bazaar is located in the northern part of Naghsh Jahan Square.
What is the story of the painting at the entrance of Qaisaria Bazaar in Isfahan?
The entrance of Caesarea Bazaar contains several paintings, each of which depicts and perpetuates a subject rather than a story; As the main painting on the walls of the entrance depicts Shah Abbas’s war with the Uzbeks and shows the national pride and strength of Iran. The painting of European dance and song also shows the essence of worldly life or earthly paradise. The painting of the hunting ground also reminds us of separation from evil and achieving purity, and finally the painting of two young shooters in Safavid clothes, the trunk of a lion and the tail of a dragon is a painting of the constellation of Isfahan (Arc Tower) and shows the battle scene.
What period is the Qaisaria Bazaar in Isfahan related to?
What are the working hours of the Caesarea market?
Market hours are based on business activity and vary in different seasons; But usually in spring and summer, the bazaar starts at 9 am and is fully open until 6 pm. In the fall and winter, the market is open by one hour and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
History of Isfahan Qaisaria Bazaar
Isfahan’s Qaisaria Bazaar is nearly 500 years old. This bazaar was built between 1011 and 1029 by the order of Shah Abbas I and by the able hand of Master Ali Akbar, an Isfahani architect. Caesarea Bazaar is also known as Shahi Bazaar or Soltani Bazaar, but its original name is Caesarea Bazaar. According to great tourists such as Naser Khosrow and Chardin, the name of Isfahan Qaisaria Bazaar is derived from Qaisaria or Caesarea in Asia Minor or modern Turkey, and the reason for this naming was the similarity of Qaisaria Bazaar to Qaisaria Turkey. Of course, there is an older descriptive name for the market in the book of Isfahan’s treatise Mahasen, which refers to the same subject. Isfahan’s Qaisaria Bazaar was one of the most luxurious and luxurious bazaars of the Safavid period, where expensive fabrics and carpets were sold. Its goods were even exported to foreign countries. These days, the bazaar has its old glory and while selling carpets and fabrics, antiques, expensive light items and handicrafts of Isfahan are also sold in it.
What is interesting about this market, as we mentioned in the introduction, are the cells that have been selling a particular commodity for 400 years, and even time has not been able to divert them from its path. Yes, this is true and not an exaggeration, so be sure to visit these shops when you go to the market and look closely at them. It is worth mentioning that Qaisaria Bazaar was registered in the list of national monuments of Iran on November 13, 1317 with the registration number 315 and is considered not only as a world historical monument but also as a national monument.
Architecture of Qaisaria Bazaar, Isfahan, a relic of Safavid architectural style
The architectural style of the bazaar dates back to the Safavid period in 1029 AH and is a combination of Safavid and Seljuk period architecture; So that instead you can see this style of architecture. The market is built on two floors. The upper floor is dedicated to office and commercial affairs and the lower floor is dedicated to the rooms of different guilds.
In the east and west, there is a magnificent mint and inn on two floors, respectively. Of course, the market mint has stopped moving these days and now it has become a trading house. When you enter the market from Imam Square or Naghsh Jahan Square, the first thing that catches your eye is the entrance to the market. The entrance is made of brick, peach and kohl tiles and has been worked with Islamic designs in the form of Mogharnas.
As you go along, the high and sky-high walls of the bazaar with their old paintings and drawings attract your attention, and the most beautiful are the domed ceilings with their skylights, which are located above your head and provide ambient light while ventilating. Wait, this is not all the charm of the market.
It takes a while to reach the middle of the market, where the peak of the market is in front of your eyes, a square with a large dome decorated with colorful tiles and is spectacular. No matter how much you watch this scene, you are not satisfied with seeing it and you do not want to leave the environment. From the middle of the market you pass, the rest of the market is in the style of the beginning of the market and almost what you saw at the beginning of the route will be restored to you. In a way, it can be said that the north and south of the market and its east and west are symmetrically designed.
Painting the entrance of Qaisaria Bazaar
The entrance of the bazaar, which is like a signboard of the name and drawing of the bazaar, is so beautiful and eye-catching that you just have to sit and watch it for a while. Among the beauties of the porch, the paintings on the wall of the porch are the first things that will attract attention. These paintings, which are valuable works of the Safavid era and have been engraved on the walls by Reza Abbasi, each remind a specific subject.
Standing directly in front of the entrance wall, your front painting, which is the main painting on the porch, depicts Shah Abbas Safavid’s war with the Uzbeks, which in essence depicts national pride and strength. On your right, however, there is no more war, and you will see a scene of Europeans dancing and singing, reminiscent of worldly life or earthly paradise.
Your left side also depicts a hunting ground that shows separation from evil and attaining purity. The portraits on the porch are not limited to this number, and in the highest part of the porch there is a large painting of two young shooters in Safavid dress, the body of a lion and the tail of a dragon, each of whom is shooting to the side. This image is not only a painting of the constellation of Isfahan (Arc Tower), but also shows a fight scene in which the shooter is like Arash Kamangir with the tail of a legendary animal.
The sad thing about the paintings at the entrance of Isfahan’s Qaisaria Bazaar is that the paintings have lost their color and surface in the presence of air and temperature changes, and if no action is taken to protect or restore them, the fate of the paintings will be destroyed. will be. Although the paintings on the entrance to the paint and glaze market do not have their early days, their glory has not diminished and the paintings still have their beauty and splendor.
Who was the architect of Isfahan’s Qaisaria Bazaar?
Isfahan’s Qaisaria Bazaar owes its glory and beauty to a master who is one of the most magnificent artists of the Safavid period and the architect of one of the most magnificent mosques in Isfahan, namely the Shah Mosque. This master artist is none other than Master Ali Akbar Isfahani known as the architect Bashi and the architect Shah Abbas Kabir! He was one of the students of Badi’alzaman Yazdi and learned the science of architecture from him.
The mastery of this artist in his time has been such that all the architects of his time have acknowledged his mastery, and these days, there is a statue of this great master who made or participated in the construction of the great historical monuments of Isfahan. Governor Street is installed.
What parts of Isfahan Qaisaria Bazaar Has?
Isfahan Qaisaria Bazaar can be divided into 6 sections: entrance, royal caravanserai, mint, Naqarkhaneh, Charso and Isfahan Qaisaria Bazaar.
The entrance to the bazaar is one of the most exquisite historical monuments left from the Safavid era. This entrance was originally 3 floors, but these days only two floors remain. The gate of Caesarea consists of a main gate, four side doors, a hall above it, a pond and two large platforms on either side of it, which are made of jade and sumac.
Of course, it goes without saying that there was a late Hormuz bell and an old clock on top of this entrance, which was related to the Iran-Portugal war, but unfortunately there is no news about them these days; Because both of these precious works are located on the third floor of the porch, and with the disappearance of the third floor, these two works have also been destroyed.
Stare a little at the entrance and when you look at the top of your head, the beautiful roof of the entrance above your head is charming. The walls of the entrance are also spectacular with their magnificent and unique paintings, and each of them is a storyteller. Stories that you can tell your own story and write a story for them with your imagination.
It is worth mentioning that the entrance of Qaisaria Bazaar is also considered as a world and national monument and was registered in the list of national monuments with the registration number 103 on December 6, 1961.
Shahi Caravanserai is located in the western part of the bazaar and these days it has become one of the historical sections of the bazaar. In the past, this monument was not only used to provide services to travelers who came to this market from a distance, but it was also used in order management. The royal caravanserai of Qaisaria Bazaar is known among the bazaars and ordinary people as Malik al-Tajjar’s house and is used as a warehouse for various goods.
Isfahan’s Qaisaria Bazaar Mint, of which only a skeleton remains these days but has continued its mission and has been converted into a state-owned bank building, was a place for minting coins during the Safavid period. This old building is located in the eastern part of the bazaar and to see its remains you have to go to the order of chit makers.
The bazaar masonry is located on the third floor of the entrance, which, as we mentioned a little while ago, unfortunately has no trace of it these days, and it just feels not bitter. In ancient times, this tannery was used to announce sunrise and sunset, various rituals and various occasions, military readiness, informing the important news to the people, delivery of the year or the arrival of goods that people were waiting for, and in each of the mentioned events its tin Has been played.
Charsavi Shahi Bazaar or Qaisaria Isfahan is the most beautiful part of the bazaar. This part of the market with its domed arch and Islamic moqarnas is really spectacular and if it is not an exaggeration, it is worth sitting and watching for hours; Especially since there are traditional rooms around it and it will give you a nostalgic feeling.
This Charso leads from the south to the royal bazaar or Caesarea, from the north to Timche Mint, from the east to the Royal Mint and from the west to the caravanserai. To reach this part of the market, all you have to do is enter the market from the entrance of Caesarea and walk in the market for a few minutes to reach it.
Isfahan Qaisaria Bazaar Rows
Isfahan Royal Bazaar has many categories and inns, each of which is active in different categories. The most famous houses and orders of Caesarea Bazaar can be mentioned as follows:
- Ardestan House
- Sarai Khani
- Sir House
- Padrookht’s house burned
- Mirasmail House
- House of Khansari
- Golshan House
- Hall Hall
- Jarachi House
- Pride House
- Naked Bazaar Order
- Aaronic Order
- Golshan halfway line
- Order of samovars
- Rast Maghsoudbek
Market Address Where is Qaisaria in Isfahan?
Qaisaria Bazaar is located in the northern part of Naghsh Jahan Square or the same as Imam Square in Isfahan and connects Imam Square to the Atiq (Old) Bazaar. There are two ways to access the market.
1. Access from Sugar Crusher Crossroads
Enter Hafez Street from the crossroads and then enter Naghsh Jahan Square. Enter the square, which is on your right, right in the middle of the square, at the entrance of the market, through which you can enter the market.
2. Access from Imam Hossein Square (AS)
To access Isfahan’s Qaisaria Bazaar from Imam Hossein (AS) Square, enter Sepah Street or Sepah Street and go to the end of the street. When you reach the end of the street, Naghsh Jahan Square is in front of you. Enter the square where the market is located to your left in the middle of the square.
Visiting hours of Isfahan Qaisaria Bazaar
Market hours are based on business activity and vary in different seasons; But usually in spring and summer, the bazaar starts at 9 am and is fully open until 6 pm. In the autumn and winter seasons, the working hours of the market are reduced by one hour and it is completely open from 9 am to 5 pm. We suggest you to visit the market for 3 to 4 hours so that you can take full advantage of all its attractions.
Caesarea Bazaar A market that is worth visiting many times
The spectacular location of the market along with its commercial use has made every person with any taste to be present in this market to the fullest. So it does not matter if you love shopping, are interested in historical monuments or just love to travel. The charm of this building is so great that there are few people who do not want to walk in this market for once and see its beauties. We have explained to you what was to be said, it is time to pack your bags and travel to Isfahan to watch and enjoy what we have described up close.