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Naqsh-e Jahan Square or known as Imam Square, is the most famous attraction of Isfahan city, placed at the center of Isfahan, Iran. It is an important historical place and one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Imam Mosque is situated on the south side of this square. On the west side you can find Ali Qapu Palace. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is situated on the eastern side of this square and 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 Imam Mosque. There are a few things to do at Naqsh-e Jahan Square.each
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The Crown Jewel in the Naqhs-e Jahan Square was the Masjed-e Shah, which would replace the much older Jameh Mosque in conducting the Friday prayers. To achieve this, the Shah Mosque was constructed not only with vision of grandeur, having the largest dome in the city, but Shaykh Bahai also planned the construction of a religious school and a winter-mosque clamped at either side of it.
Of the four monuments that dominated the perimeter of the Naqsh-e Jahan square, the Lotfollah Mosque, opposite the palace, was the first to be built. The purpose of this mosque was for it to be a private mosque of the royal court, unlike the Masjed-e Shah, which was meant for the public. For this reason, the mosque does not have any minarets and is of a smaller size. Indeed, few Westerners at the time of the Safavids even paid any attention to this mosque, and they certainly did not have access to it. It wasn't until centuries later, when the doors were opened to the public, that ordinary people could admire the effort that Shah Abbas had put into making this a sacred place for the ladies of his harem, and the exquisite tile-work, which is far superior to those covering the Shah Mosque.
Next thing to do at Naqshe Jahan Square is to see the Al Qapu Palace. Ali Qapu (pronounced, ah-lee gah-pooh) is in effect but a pavilion that marks the entrance to the vast royal residential quarter of the Safavid Isfahan which stretched from the Maidan Naqsh-i-Jahan to the Chahar Bagh Boulevard. It was here that the great monarch used to entertain noble visitors, and foreign ambassadors. On the sixth floor, the royal reception and banquets were held. The largest rooms are found on this floor. The stucco decoration of the banquet hall abounds in motif of various vessels and cups.
The Bazaar of Isfahan is a historical market and one of the oldest and largest bazaars of the Middle East. Although the present structure dates back to the Safavid era, parts of it are more than a thousand years old, dating back to the Seljuq dynasty. It is a vaulted, two kilometer street linking the old city with the new. It is a must thing to do at Naqsh-e Jahan Square.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entrance fee for a tour at Naqsh-e Jahan Square. You can go and take a tour in the area of Naqsh-e Jahan Square for free. Make the most of your tour and spend hours there.
How To Get Around?
You can get around the area by walking. Walk around and visit all the buildings and markets in the area.
What Should I Wear?
Women should cover their body, head, and neck in Isfahan, so cover your shoulders and legs wherever you go. A headscarf is mandatory, not just to cover your hair but your neck as well. You are also not allowed to wear tight clothes that show your body shape. There are fewer rules for men, but you should avoid shorts, wear jeans or trousers. T-shirts are fine, but you should avoid sleeveless vests and stick to t-shirts or shirts.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Naqsh-e Jahan Square is early in the morning or late in the evening. It's less crowded in the morning if you want to enjoy the place and it's beautiful at night and crowded with the market.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, it's easy to get around and you won't get lost. Everything you need to visit Naqshe Jahan Square can be found on this website.
How To Get There?
You can get to Naqsh-e Jahan Square by bus. It is possibly the cheapest way as well. A single journey costs 5000 rial; you can pay the tickets to driver directly, or buy multi-journey contactless cards at certain bus stop booths. Note that there are separate men (front) and women (rear) sections on each bus. Another option is by taxi, tell your driver where to go, most of them know where it is.