Isfahan Province of iran

Isfahan Province (Esfahan), at the heart of Iran, is a land of beautiful buildings, nicely designed carpets, and unique artworks. Isfahan had been the capital city of Iran for centuries. The City of Isfahan is just one of the big cities of Isfahan province.

You should visit Kashan and another part of the province where narrow alleys and clay homes show another aspect of the province’s beauty and serenity. The air is filled with the fragrance of Damascus Roses. It would be best if you visited Sialk to be fascinated by its 8 thousand years of history.

Moreover, Abianeh is where people still wear their thousand-years-old clothing and speak their ancient dialect.

Vank Cathedral
This is the largest and most beautiful cathedral in the Jolfa district of Isfahan. The internal decoration includes oil paintings derived from Italian paintings, which show some parts of the life of Jesus Christ.

Sialk Hill of Kashan
This ancient hill is located 3 km to the south of Kashan. The clay dishes discovered in this area revealed that its civilization dates back to 4500 BC. Other objects found in the area include clay tablets from the Elamite era. Near the central hill of Sialk, two graveyards, conventionally called A and B, have been discovered. The objects found from the excavations include iron weapons, swords, lances, and piped dishes. The objects found in graveyard A date back to 2000 BC, and those in graveyard B date back to the early first millennium or late second millennium BC.

Chehel Sotun Palace
The palace was established in Chehel Sotūn Garden of Isfahan at the time of King Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty (1501-1736). The decorations include paintings, mirror work, tile work, and gold work articles. It is called Chehel Sotun — meaning a “forty column structure” — because many columns are used in the construction.

Hasht Behesht Palace
This palace was the home of Shah Soleyman of the Safavid dynasty and was built at the king’s order in the large Hasht Behesht garden of Isfahan. The decoration of this palace includes exterior title work with designs of birds and animals.

Fin Palace and Garden of Kashan
Fin palace and garden, located 6 km south of Kashan, is a luxurious structure in Isfahan province. This is a typical palace of the Safavid era (1501-1736), and during the Zand (1751-1794) and Qajar ages (1789-1925), some parts were added to the buildings.

Isfahan Province of iran
Isfahan Province of iran

The importance of the garden lies in its setting and watering system. Amir Kabir, the Iranian prime minister at the time of Nasser ad-Din Shah Qajar, was assassinated in its bathroom in the 17th century.

Khaju Bridge
This bridge was built on the Zayande Rud River. The foundation of this bridge dates back to the late Timurid era and in the 16th century CE. However, it was completed by Shah Abbas II of the Safavid dynasty (1501-1736). The chambers of this bridge are decorated with paintings and tile-work. In the middle of the bridge, a unique structure called Biglarbeigi was erected as a temporary settlement for the king and the royal family.

Borujerdis House
The house is one of the masterpieces of Iranian architecture in Kashan. This house was built in the 18th century CE. The building materials used to make this house include clay, bricks, and mud. The decorations include plaster work, tile work, mirror work, and paintings.

Naghsh-e Jahan (Meidan Emam) Square
Also called Imam Square, it is one of the largest squares in the world, which was built at the order of king Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty (1501-1736) in a garden called Naghsh-e Jahan. Around the square, many famous buildings like Shah (Emam) Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ālighapu Palace were built. During the Safavid dynasty, the court used to be a public gathering place for different ceremonies like soldier’s parades, playing polo, celebrations, and plays. This square has been registered on UNESCO World Heritage List.

Niasar Temple
This temple is located in the city of Kashan and was discovered by French Archeologist Roman Guirshman.
Rose Water Extraction in Ghamsar
The industry of rosewater extraction is associated with Ghamsar city near Kashan. This annual national ceremony is held during the months of May, June, and July. Most workshops have been created between the cities of Ghamsar and Kashan. The liquid essence is exported to France and Bulgaria as they are the largest producers of perfume in the world.

Abianeh Village
This village which is one of the most famous mild climate villages of Isfahan, is located at 28 km distance to the city of Natanz on the foothills of Karkas Mountain. The interesting feature of this village is its social structure, architecture, and the natives’ interest in preserving their ancient traditions and culture.