Naqsh-e Jahan Square of Isfahan


17 August 2017

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Naqsh-e Jahan Square

In Isfahan for the convenience of passengers, hotels and hostels are almost located near historical location. Therefore, our web site “Hostel Isfahan” permanently introduces those locations. Anyhow, when we talk about Isfahan and its historical places, the best place which comes to our mind is Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the place most masterpiece place for tourism issues.

In fact, Naqsh-e Jahan Square is the image of the world square, which is also called Meidan Emam or Shah Square. This gorgeous place is located at the center of Isfahan. Naqsh-e Jahan Square is constructed by the order of Shah Abbas between 1598 and 1629. Based on historical words, in 1598, Shah Abbas decided to change the capital of his kingship from Qazvin, the north western city in Iran, to Isfahan. In general, since Isfahan was located near Zayandeh Rud and had more fresh air and weather, he chose to change the capital city. Anyway, today, Naghsh-e Jahan Square is one of UNESCO’s world sites.

Geographically speaking, Naghsh-e Jahan Square is 560 meters long and 160 meters wide (its area is 89,000 square meters). The square is accommodated by the historical buildings. On the south side of this square, the Shah Mosque is located, and on the west side, Ali Qapu Palace is situated. Sheikh lotf Allah Mosque the Isfahan Grand Bazar is located on the eastern and northern of the square in terms. The accumulation of historical buildings in Naqsh-e Jahan Square makes Iranian to situate lots of hostels around them.


The leader architect of this extraordinary project was Shaykh Bahai who worked on the two most important projects of Shah Abbas: the Chahar Bagh avenue, and the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. by building it, Shah Abbas would gather the three main components of power in Persia in his own backyard; the power of the clergy, represented by the Masjed-e Shah, the power of the merchants, represented by the Imperial Bazaar, and of course, the power of the Shah himself, residing in the Ali Qapu Palace.
The Square was where the Shah and the people met. The square was a busy arena of entertainment and business, exchanged between people from all corners of the world since it had two rows of shops.
One of the reasons, Shah Abbas and Shaykh Bahai selected Isfahan for constructing Naghsh-e Jahan Square was that Isfahan was an important stop along the Silk Road. Therefore, goods from all around the world came to Isfahan and merchants needed a big shop store. After the square was built, tradesmen occupied it by their tents and stalls and paid the rent weekly to the government.
At the end, despite of other important buildings, Naghsh-e Jahan Square is not build in alignment with Mecca so that when entering the entrance-portal of the Shah Mosque, one makes, almost without realising it, the half-right turn which enables the main court within to face Mecca. To see this masterpiece, visit our website “Hostel Isfahan

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