Thursday, 16 July, 2020

Isfahan named among world’s most beautiful cities

The British “Daily Telegraph” newspaper has placed Isfahan among the world’s most beautiful cities.

According to a report in the British paper, the historic city of Isfahan in central Iran is among world’s 32 most beautiful cities.

The Telegraph’s Lizzie Porter has described Isfahan as follows (quoted Robert Byron in his 1930s travelogue, The Road to Oxiana as saying):

“Isfahan has become indelible, has insinuated its image into that gallery of places that everybody privately treasures. I gave it no help in doing so. The monuments have kept me too busy.One could explore for months without coming to the end of them. From the 11th century, architects and craftsmen have recorded the fortunes of the town, its changes of taste, government and belief. The buildings reflect these local circumstances; it is their charm, like the charm of most old towns. But a few illustrate the heights of art independently, and rank Isfahan among those rarer places, like Athens or Rome, which are the common refreshment of humanity.”

Many visitors believe Isfahan is the most beautiful city in Iran and one of the most beautiful in the world. It features numerous tree-lined boulevards and flower gardens, miles of beautiful parks along the Zayandeh Rood river; 1300 year-old covered bazaars, bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. No wonder Isfahan is called nesf-e jahān meaning half of the world.  The city attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Iran and around the world each year.

Isfahan may be well known for its beautiful historic Islamic architecture.  But its talented people continue to produce many more works of art from its world famous Persian rugs to handcrafts and other unique products.

Isfahan’s Imam Square, formerly known as the Naghsh-e Jahan (meaning portrait of the world) Square, is one of the largest city squares in the world.  Around the square sit a number of world-famous marvels of Islamic architecture.  The Imam Square is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

 

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