Take along with the Iran Viva team to walk around the streets of Isfahan, the cradle of rich culture, art, history, and architecture, and be prepared for an exciting tour to Isfahan.
The city was known as Apadana, Asfahan, Asbahan in the past. Isfahan, the third most populous city in Iran, is a memorial from the brilliant era of the Sassanid architecture.
The Sassanids established the first religious government in which the Zoroastrian priests played a prominent role. For this reason, many fire temples were constructed throughout Iran, including the city of Isfahan. Nowadays one of the reasons for traveling to Isfahan is visiting these fire temples.
One of the tour programs that brings tourists from around the world to the city of Isfahan is visiting the original Iranian architecture, glittering in every corner of the city; the architecture known in the world as the art of Isfahan.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the Manifestation of Iranian Architecture and ArtYour tour to Isfahan will not be complete without visiting the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. You may have seen this square in most of the pictures on your trip to Isfahan. Naqsh-e Jahan Square is the symbol of the city of Isfahan and if you only want to visit one of the places of interest in Isfahan, we recommend you this square.
There are four extraordinary monuments around the square: Ali Qapu mansion, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque, and the entrance of the Qeysarie bazaar. These places are the most remarkable and beautiful structures in the city and tours to Isfahan make no sense without including this square in them.
Ali Qapu mansionThis mansion is located on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, opposite to the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and is a 36-meter-high six-storey building. After transferring the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan, ordered by Shah Ismail Safavi in 1644, this building was established to serve as the center of government. In fact, this mansion was the entrance to the Safavid Royal Court. This building can definitely be considered as one of the manifestations of the architecture in Isfahan.
The construction of this building lasted 70 to 100 years, during which time various kings took the lead of the Safavid monarchy.
Due to its special architecture, the Ali Qapu mansion has a different view from each side, i.e. you can see 2 storeys from the front, 5 storeys from the back and 3 storeys from the sides, totally 6 storeys.
The Ali Qapu mansion has been the entrance to most of the palaces in the area of Naqsh-e Jahan Square. There is a large hall with carving designs and stucco decorations on the sixth floor of the Ali Qapu Palace. This part is also known as the “Sound Room” or “Music Hall” due to its sound absorption and smooth sound reproduction capabilities.
This building was constructed in six stages in each of which a section was added to the original building and the result is the building we can see today.
First Stage:The building was constructed as the entrance to other buildings of the square. The name Ali Qapu means the lofty gate.
Second Stage:The third, fourth and a part of fifth floors were added for representing the importance of the seat of government and expanding of the capital.
Third Stage:The Last Floor and the Music Room was built.
Fourth Stage:A porch was added.
Fifth Stage:Eighteen columns of the porch were built based on the created space in the fourth stage, the main staircase or Pellekan-e-Shahi was established and the water system was built and completed.
The Artistic plaster carving designs and elaborate miniature paintings, all and all make the Ali Qapu mansion a spectacular place for a pleasant evening stay.
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