Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Isfahan Naqsh-e Jahan Square, also known as Meidan-e Imam, was constructed between 1598 and 1629 and is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Naqsh-e Jahan Square is one of the most beautiful squares in the world with a length of about 512 meters and a width of 160 meters. The rooms on two floors around the square are all in the same size and shape. Four distinct historical buildings are located around the square; the Ali-Qapu building, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and the Sar-dare Qaiserieh Bazaar. Imam Square is one of the centers for buying handicrafts and also many national and religious ceremonies are held here. The Bazaar of Isfahan is the oldest and largest market in the Middle East. Although the present structure dates back to the Safavid era, parts of it are more than a thousand years old. It is a two-kilometer street linking the old city with the new. Read More about this magnificent place at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naqsh-e_Jahan_Square
Pol-e Khaju (Khaju Bridge)
Khaju Bridge (pol-e Khaju), built in the year 1650 -during the life of Shah Abbas II, is in Isfahan and on the east side of Zayandeh Roud.
The bridge was designed for different users; the upper part was for carriage and cattle, and the lower part was mainly for pedestrians.
Octagonal pavilions in the center of the bridge, on both the down and the upstream sides, provide vantage points for the remarkable views.
The lower level of the bridge is accessible by pedestrians and remains a popular place for relaxing.
The bridge has 23 arches and is 133 meters long and 12 meters wide.
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Probably the most popular historical site of Shiraz is the tomb of Hafiz with a beautiful monument, built in 1940 and inspired by the architecture of the Zandieh era. The garden around the building is very enjoyable where you can have the famous Shiraz Faludeh. More about Hafiz: Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī (1315-1390) was a Persian poet. At an early age, he memorized the Holy Quran and was given the title of Hafez, which he later used as his pen name. His work was first translated into English in 1771 by William Jones. Waldo Emerson referred to Hafiz as a poet's poet. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has his character Sherlock Holmes state that "there is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much knowledge of the world" (in A Case of Identity). Friedrich Engels mentioned him in an 1853 letter to Karl Marx: "It is, by the way, rather pleasing to read dissolute old Hafiz in the original language, which sounds quite passable....". Reference: Read more about this magnificent Persian Poet at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafez
Arg-e Karim khan (Karim Khan Citadel)
Karim Khan Zand Citadel was the most important and the largest building of the Zandieh era; decorated with beautiful artworks of that time. In the past the citadel was used as a prison, today, it is just a museum.
Arg-e Karim Khan was built in 1180 AH (1766-7). Karim Khan invited the best architects and artists of the time and bought the best materials from other cities and abroad for the construction of the castle of Karim Khan, which was quickly constructed. During the Zand dynasty, it was used by the king as living quarters. During the Qajar period, it was used as the governor's seat.
This magnificent castle is located in the center of Shiraz.
The English word Persepolis is derived from Greek Persépolis meaning the Persian city or the city of the Persians. Archaeological evidence shows that the earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC. André Godard, the French archaeologist who excavated Persepolis in the early 1930s, believed that it was Cyrus the Great who chose the site of Persepolis, but that it was Darius I who built the terrace and the palaces. Inscriptions on these buildings support the belief that they were constructed by Darius. Persepolis probably became the capital of Persia during his time. Persepolis was not the biggest city in Iran, but it seems that it was a ceremonial complex. Alexander the Great invaded Persia and sent the main force of his army to Persepolis. They destructed Persepolis. It is believed that the fire which destroyed Persepolis spread to the rest of the city. It is not clear if the fire was an accident or a deliberate act of revenge for the burning of the Acropolis of Athens during the second Persian invasion of Greece. Many historians argue that, while Alexander's army celebrated with a symposium, they decided to take revenge against the Persians. If that is so, then the destruction of Persepolis could be both an accident and a case of revenge. Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persepolis
Shrine of Imam Reza (AS)
The Shrine of Imam Reza is in the center of Mashhad City, Razavi Khorasan Province.
The two prominent monuments in the Haram are the tomb's overhead, built 1033 AD, and the Gohar Shad Mosque, built in 1418 AD.
Imam Reza Shrine (the eighth Imam of the Shia Shrine) is a complex which includes mosques, mausoleums, porches, courtyards, libraries, and museums; the center point of this complex is the Holy Haram. The Shrine of Imam Rezan is one of the largest mosques in the world with 250,000 square meters area and the capacity of holding 1,500,000 persons.
Many of the structures of this shrine are from the Safavid period. At Timurid time many old monuments were renovated and the Shrine, too.
Each year, millions of pilgrims visit Imam Reza.
The Ganjnameh, carved stone on the Alvand Mountain, was made during the period of Darius and Khashayar Shah.
Since people thought these inscriptions are about a mysterious hidden treasure, they called it Ganjnameh (Treasure epistle).
The Ganjnameh in Hamedan is now a recreational area; sports facilities and telecabin are in Ganjnameh Square in the vicinity of the old inscriptions and Ganjnameh waterfall. Other sports such as bungee jumping, troll rail cable, climbing wall, trilateral track, air balance (ranger), bowling, ski resort, sled ride, also coffee shops and various restaurants, indoor parks and gardens make this complex a complete tourist attraction.
Read more about Ganjnameh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganjnameh
Hammam-e Vakil (Bathhouse)
Vakil Bathhouse (Hammam-e Vakil), located in the city of Kerman, is a magnificent building that has been influenced by the Zandy-Qajar architecture. The building has two parts: a dressing room and wardrobe. The bathhouse was built in 1760 and rebuilt in 1990. The Kerman Vakil Bathhouse is now transformed into a traditional tea shop where tourists are served with Faludeh, tea and a variety of beverages. You can also try the local dishes in the ward. For more information, you can visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vakil_Bath
The real name of Chort Lake is Mianshe, but since it is close to the village of Chort, it is called Chort Lake. The foggy weather around the lake, the trees with their trunks in the water, the sounds of animals and birds that lie in the silence of the forest, have created this serene lake.
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