Naqsh-e Jahan Square: a totemic square

September 4, 2019

Naqsh-e Jahan Square is a totemic square that links 4 marvelous architectural artworks such as Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque, Bazar-e Keisaria and Ali Qapu Palace is Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Following the Islamic revolution, it takes the name of Imam Square dates back to Safadia era.

This rectangular plaza which is 505 meters long and 158 meters wide, was enlisted as a heritage site in 1935 at the beginning. This beautiful Naqsh-e Jahan Square also joined the list of UNESCO  World Heritage Site in 1979. The rectangular plaza, 507 m long and 158 m wide, is indeed a worthy attraction for the tourists to lead them to the destination.

Prior to  setting up of the square in the Safavid monarchy, a massive garden was carrying the similar name  Naqsh-e Jahan. During the period of rule of Timurid and Aq Qoyunlu,  it was the quarter for the state buildings  and imperial places. Later on,  in the 11th century AH, the place became the setting for show  performance  and the  large outdoor fires for celebration and  parades.

A few cities around the world have shown up some sort of reputation for themselves and earned their nickname. For example, New York is named as the Big Apple or the Paris is regarded as the city of love. Similarly, Isfahan is treated as the Half of the World.

Biggest beautiful square

Naqsh-e Jahan Square is one of the biggest and the beautiful squares in the world. It is situated in the center of the Isfahan. It was in the 17th century during the Safavid era, the square was built. It with the rich historical background is one of the most spectacular attractions of the city of Isfahan.

 You’ll find an exquisite palace known as Alia Kapoor which  was built in Safadiv era and it was considered as the political center of the country. The amazing structure is rich in wall paintings. The doors, walls and ceilings are highly ornamented with an integrated floral design.


One of the main attractions of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square are the mosques that are located in it. These mosques are regarded not only as the masterpieces of Islamic architecture,  but are famous for their tile works.

Bazaar or Market

The market here is the oldest and the largest in the middle east. If you are looking for something to take back with you, this is the place you need to visit the market place which abundant with handicrafts.

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The iconic square in the city with remarkable historic treasures links 4 outstanding architectural artworks namely Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque, Bazar-e Keisaria and Ali Qapu Palace. Naqsh-e Jahan Square, which changed its name to Imam Square after Islamic revolution, dates to the Safavid era. Initially recorded as a national heritage site in January 28, 1935, the beautiful square also joined the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The rectangular plaza, 507 m long and 158 m wide, is indeed a worthy tourist attraction.

Before building the square in the Safavid monarchy, there was a massive garden carrying the same name, Naqsh-e Jahan. It was a quarter for state buildings and royal palaces during the reigns of Timurid and Aq Qoyunlu. In 11th century AH, the place was a venue for performing shows, bonfires, and parades. Also games of polo were played there. Once Qajar came to seat, the square was regrettably overlooked and prior to it the invasion of Ashraf Afghan inflicted some damage to the site. As of the Pahlavi era, the square underwent renovations; a process which has been going on until recently.

Shah Abbas I moved his seat from Qazvin to Isfahan for political reasons where he developed many remarkable structures, some of which are still functioning. After cooperation with Sheikh Bahai, he made a new plan for the city to link up the old and new parts. Many surviving yet flourishing buildings are remained from his time. Inspired by preceding examples like Maidan-e Atiq in Isfahan, Meidan-e Hassan Padeshah in Tabriz, and Meidan-e Ali Qapu in Qazvin, the square represents the brilliance and glory of the Safavid kingdom.

With its special location in the vicinity of great tourist destinations mentioned earlier, there is a lot to do and see here: visiting the palace and mosque and strolling in the maze of Keisaria Bazaar, where you can purchase amazing rugs among other things.Another fun experience is to enjoy your ride in a carriage run by horses. The well-traveled site offers many great scenes for photographs. The square is surrounded by a chain of handicrafts shops which offer the artistic works by artisan Isfahanis from pottery and ceramic, Ghalam Zani (metalwork), miniature, to Khatam Kari (incrustation work) and Mina Kari (enamel working). You can find many gift shops to surprise your beloved ones with exquisite handcrafts.

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