Naqsh-e Jahan | Heart of the Safavid Capital

Naqsh-e Jahan | Heart of the Safavid Capital

Naqsh-e Jahan

Naqsh-e Jahan Square

The construction of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, also known as Shah Square or Imam Square. It was started in 1601 and finished in 1636 During the reign of Abbas The Great (Safavid era). The design of this square makes it unique in its kind. In Iranian squares’ architecture, there is a bazar, a religious center (mosque) and a government center. Its shape is a rectangle  520 ft wide 1,840 ft long .It’s located in the center of Isfahan City.

The square is surrounded by two hundred two-storey chambers.Ali Qapu Palace, Shah Mosque (also known as imam mosque) , Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque and Qeysarie Gate. located in the middle of the rectangle.

It was one of the largest and most beautiful squares in the world in the 17th century. During the reign of Abbas The Great and his successors, this square was the place to hold royal celebrations, to play polo (a horseback play that is played by two opposing teams with the objective of scoring goals by using a long-handled wooden mallet to hit a small hard ball through the opposing team’s goal), military parade, lighting, celebrations and different shows. On the other days it has been a great place for people to walk and shop and hold big Jome Bazaar (open space market in Fridays).

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The square is intelligently designed to be considered as a polo field . its goals that also affected how the game was played. Some famous polo fields such as Hurlingham Polo Club is inspired by Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Two stone goals that date back to that era is still in the square, the world’s oldest polo gates.

with the existence of the chambers most of which have been transformed into craft shops, bustling markets, cafes and restaurants.also,crowded mosques, the historical Naqsh-e Jahan Square becomes an lively and vibrant place. It is one of the first recorded sites in UNESCO that was registered in the list in 1979.

*Written by Sooshia Shamsaei.


Official Website: N/A Entrance fee: Free
Wikipedia: Click here Name(s) in Persian: میدان نقش جهان
UNESCO Website: Click here Public transportation availability: Yes
Province: Isfahan Accommodation availability:Yes
Phone: N/A Facilities: Yes
Working days: All days Restaurant & Cafe availability: Yes
Opening hours: :N/ABest time to visit: All Seasons

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