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NO.4Isfahan

Established in 1647, Chehel Sotoun, also called “Forty Columns”, retained many precious ancient paintings and various cultural relics. Due to the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion reflected in the waters of fountain, Chehel Sotoun gets another name of “Forty Columns”. The most startling feature of the pavilion is the brilliantly painted interior, which features a multitude of human figures.


The Chehel Sotoun

The Imam Square, also known as the “Naqsh-e Jahan Square”, is boasted with its elegant and gorgeous night. Hemmed on four sides by architectural gems, it embraces some fountains and gardens at its center. Its prime time is at the afternoon when the blue-tiled minarets and domes are lit up by the last rays of the sun and the mountains beyond turn red. That is also a good family time for the local residents to congregate for a promenade around the perimeter. At dusk or night, those fountains spray water, veiling a thin mist over the square, forming a mythical image of the square and illuminating the truly splendid architecture.

At the head of the Isfahan’s largest square, Sheikh Lotfolah Mosque is an exquisite religious construction especially used by the royal family in the past. The dome makes extensive use of delicate cream-colored tiles that could change color throughout the day from cream to pink. It has neither a minaret nor a courtyard, so it is quite different from other mosques.

The Imam Square

Massive and picturesque, Allahverdi Khan Bridge is built from sand, brick and sarouj (a kind of local concrete) and set up against the riverside. The bridge is a dual-purpose bridge-dam providing people places for leisure and recreation. There is a passage in the central aisle for animals and carts, and paths on both sides for pedestrians. It also offers visitors traditional coffee shops that present storytelling shows. At night, it is ablaze with hundreds of lights and thousands of people. All the images are reflected on the river under the bridge, forming a prosperous and boisterous scene.

The Allahverdi Khan Bridge

NO.5Kashan

The house was built by the Boroujwedi family as beautiful as the Tabatabaei House to seek the hand in a marriage of a girl from Tabatabaei family. A six sided wind tower and a large hall decorated with mirrors make the house rather distinguished. It has three entrances in the form of octagonal vestibule with multilateral skylights in the ceiling. In addition, it composes of a rectangular courtyard, stucco works of fruits and flowers, delightful plaster and wall paintings. The courtyard has a pool and is flanked by trees and flowerbeds.

The Boroujerdi Historical House

The Fin Garden lies in the suburb of Fin. The garden flows with crystal-clear warm water channeled from natural spring. And the canals inside the garden are lined with blue-green tiles, in a wonderful contrast with the desert outside the garden walls. Outside, water is scarce and precious; here is flooded with exuberance of a dense jungle and shrubs. Some of the evergreen trees inside the garden are up to 500 years old. Except the scenery, people who go to the Fin Garden shall not miss the teahouse in its own little garden. The Kashan barley soup in winter and rose-water ice cream in summer are popular specialities of the teahouse. It is a great epitome of Persian Garden.

The Fin Garden