With over 1.5 million inhabitants, Isfahan, also known as Esfahan, is the third largest city in Iran after Tehran and Mashhad. It is located in a desertic plane along the banks of the Zayandeh-rud river, 340km south of tehran, at an altitude of over 1500 m. It's climate is very hot during summer days, but comfortably cool in summer evenings or nights. In winter it gets cold and snowfall is not unheard of. The city has been settled since prehistoric times and reached the peak of its development between 1050 and 1722, especially in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Isfahan is a centre of arts and is famous for its Persian style Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. The Naqshejahan square is one of the largest squares in the world and an outstanding example of Persian and Islamic architecture. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

Naqshejahan square photo gallery  - 18 pictures of Naqshejahan square
Sheikh Lotf Allah mosque photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Sheikh Lotf Allah mosque
Jame mosque photo gallery  - 24 pictures of Jame mosque
Ali Qapu palace photo gallery  - 7 pictures of Ali Qapu palace
Shah mosque photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Shah mosque
18 photos of the Naqshejahan square in central Isfahan, the second largest square in the world
17 photos of the Sheikh Lotf Allah mosque with its impressive dome chamber
24 photos of the Jame mosque, the architecturally most interesting mosque in Isfahan
7 photos of Ali Qapu palace on the western side of the Naqshejahan square
16 photos of the Shah mosque, at the southern end of the Naqshejahan square
Central Isfahan photo gallery  - 27 pictures of Central Isfahan
Chehel Sotoon palace photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Chehel Sotoon palace
Jewish quarter photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Jewish quarter
Grand bazaar photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Grand bazaar
27 photos of the area around the Chahar Bagh Abbasi avenue in central Isfahan
14 photos of the Chehel Sotoon palace, a 16th century palace with excellently preserved frescoes
13 photos of the Jewish quarter in Isfahan
12 photos of the Grand Bazaar in Isfahan
Khaju bridge photo gallery  - 9 pictures of Khaju bridge
Zayandeh-rud river photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Zayandeh-rud river
Si-o-seh Pol bridge photo gallery  - 9 pictures of Si-o-seh Pol bridge
9 photos of the Khaju bridge, one of the masterpieces of Isfahani renessaince architecture
12 photos of Zayandeh-rud, the river which crosses Isfahan
9 photos of Si-o-seh Pol (33 arches) bridge, a masterpiece of Safavid architecture
Armenian Vank cathedral photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Armenian Vank cathedral
Abbasi hotel photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Abbasi hotel
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 20 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
Handicrafts photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Handicrafts
12 photos of Armenian Vank cathedral, in the Jolfa district in Isfahan
10 photos of the beautiful hotel Abbasi in central Isfahan
20 miscellaneous photos of Isfahan
10 photos of Persian handicrafts on sale in Isfahan
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