Esfahan (or Isfahan), the third biggest city, is in central Iran, known for its Persian architecture; with ancient Islamic architecture, three UNESCO world heritage sites, gorgeous bridges, friendly locals and plenty of hidden locations to discover is one of its most cultural important or even Iran’s top tourist destination. Serving as a capital at various times in Iran’s long past especially once the magnificent capital of Shah Abbas the Great’s Safavid Empire. Told to be once the biggest city on Earth, now it is a relevantly quiet city known around the world for its beautiful architecture and breathtaking public spaces.
With three UNESCO World Heritage sites, a myriad of food options to explore, some of the biggest and most beautiful mosques in the world and relatively little tourism – Isfahan should be top of every traveler’s list in Iran. In the vast Naqsh-e Jahan Square is the 17th-century Imam (Shah) Mosque, whose dome and minarets are covered with mosaic tiles and calligraphy. Ali Qapu Palace, built by and for Shah Abbas completed in the late 16th century, has a music room and a verandah overlooking the square’s fountains. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque also built for Shah Abbas is known for its intricate tiling.