Esfahan is an ancient city in the center of Iran located about 340 km south of Tehran. The Persians call it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half the World”.
In terms of population, Isfahan is Iran’s third largest city after Tehran and Mashhad. Isfahan is considered a popular tourist destination and a major cultural and economic center of Iran producing fine carpets, textile, steel, and handicraft. Due to the 6 UNESCO heritage registered sites, the city is Iran’s masterpiece, the jewel of ancient Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world.
The absolute majority of international travelers, who plan a trip to Iran, decide to visit Esfahan and its tourist attractions as a must-see destination in their itineraries. In terms of buying Iranian handicrafts and souvenirs, this is the best place because of the large variety of available items and the artistic ambiance easily felt everywhere at this city.
The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Esfahan’s Islamic buildings, its expansive bazaar, and its gorgeous bridges demand as much of your time as you can spare. It is a city for walking, getting lost in the bazaar, dozing in beautiful gardens, and drinking tea and chatting to locals in the marvelous teahouses.
More than anything else, though, Esfahan is a place for savoring the high refinements of Persian culture most evident in and around Imam Square, the Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and Chehel Sotun Palace.