Iran’s most visited tourist attraction in 2016 : Isfahan Naghsh-e Jahan Square

The Directorate General for Culture and Heritage in Isfahan province said that in March 2016 Naqsh-e Jahan Square was the country’s most visited monument.

Naghsh-e Jahan Square was built by Shah Abbas in the beginning of the 17th century. It is surrounded by buildings from the Safavi era. The Shah Mosque is situated on the south side, on the west side you can see Ali Qapu Palace. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is situated on the eastern side and on the northern side opens into the Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Today, Namaaz-e Jom’eh (the Muslim Friday prayer) is held in this square in front of the Shah Mosque.

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The Public Relations Office of Cultural Heritage of Esfahan, Fereydoun Allahyari mentioned that on the third day of Nowrouz (Nowruz is the name of the Iranian New Year which is celebrated worldwide by Iranians), according to surveys conduction more than 300,000 tourists visited Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan. There is no entrance fee charged for visiting this place. According to the reports 250,000 tourists visited this place from the third day of Nowrouz until the last day of Nowrouz in March 2016. There are more than 400 craft shops and markets round the square. This historical place has been registered as a human heritage in 1979 as a global human heritage in the world.

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Another major tourist destination after Naghsh-e Jahan Square was Isfahan Grand Bazaar. The Old Grand Bazaar of Esfahan is a great market known as Qeysarieh Bazaar is located in the northern side of the Naghsh-e Jahan Square. This huge historic market is eight and a half kilometers and has lots of shops. You’ll find plenty of souvenirs in Isfahan Grand Bazaar.

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In the bazaar, the distinctive domes and ceilings usually attract observers’ attention in an opening, sometimes star-shaped, allowing shafts of light to spill in on the commence below. 

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