The Imam Khomeini Mosque is one of the popular tourist attractions in Isfahan which is situated at the end of the Imam Khomeini Square.The Imam Mosque Isfahan is one ,of the most astonishing edifices in Iran where two turquoise towers encircle the huge of entrance measuring 27meters height .The main dome of around 52meters height is behind the Imam Mosque.This dome was actually the prayer hall.The mosque was established during a period of 26 years and was ultimaitly finished in the year 1638.Consequently, some parts of the Imam Mosque are well-decorated including the new manner and some of them are designed with the old and ornate tiles.The Imam Mosque is a mosque stands wonderfully at the south side of Naghsh-eJahan Square.Established during the Safavid period the Imam Mosque is an exceptional instance of Islamic architecture of Iran and considered to be the masterpiece of Persian Architectuure.The Imam Mosque is one of the perpetual instsances of architecture in Iran and all around the earth.The Imam Mosque is registered together with the Naghsh-I Jahan Square as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The construcation of the Imam Mosque started in the year 1611 and its magnificence is caused by the beauty of its seven-olor mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.The port of the Imam Mosque is around 27meters of high topped with two minarest that are 42meters tall.The Mosque is ideally enclosed with four iwans and arcades.All the walls are decorated whit seven-color mosaic tile.The most wonderful iwan of the Imam Mosque is the one facing the Qibla measuring 33meters high.The reflections at the main point under the dome are brilliant and attractive.There are two seminaries at the southeast and southwest sections of The Imam Mosque.
History and OverviewIsfahan is located in central Iran, equidistant from the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. It sits on both the east-west and north-south trade routes which traverse the country.Isfahan has artifacts dating back to the Paleolithic period, and written history going back to ancient Aspandana. At one time Isfahan was among the largest cities in the world.It has twice been the capital city of Persia -- during the Parthian Empire and again in the sixteenth century Safavid dynasty. It was here that the Safavids declared Shi'a Islam to be the empire's official religion, one of the most important markers in Islamic history.Modern day Isfahan has one of the largest steel mills in the region, an air force base and a major oil refinery. The art and architecture in Isfahan rival anything else in the world in terms of beauty and intricacy.Getting ThereThe airport is found 20km to the north-east of the city; you can reach it by taxi or bus. The airport shuttle bus goes to and from Enghelab-e Eslami Square.TransportationIt costs about 4500 rials to hire a taxi for an hour, and it's a good idea to grab one if you plan on visiting some of the more distant sights.The main bus station is about 2km north of Shohoda Square. Here you can get buses to other cities in Iran, like Yazd or Tehran. Once a week a bus goes up to Istanbul.People and CultureIranians are extremely hospitable and a growing number of them speak English, so it is possible to get by on a visit without needing to speak Farsi.As always, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local customs before visiting a new place. In Iran, for example, it's not polite to blow your nose in company and it is not customary for men and women to shake hands. It is better to err on the side of caution if you are not sure how to avoid offending someone.The local currency is the rial, however locals speak about prices in tomans (one toman = ten rials). The rial is about 12,000IRR to the Euro as of February 2009 so you can see why they have a term for reducing the number by a factor of ten. US dollars and British pounds are the best currencies to bring with you, and be sure to declare all your currency at customs when you enter the country.The food in Iran favors fresh vegetables and fruits along with long grain rice, bread and grilled meats. Kebab is the the most common preparation of meat, did you know that came from Iran?Keep an eye out for Abgoosht, it's a thick lamb stew with lentils and potatos, served with bread in a special container.Things to do, RecommendationsThe Zayande Roud River is a nice place to go for a walk in some open space.Visit Naghshe Jahan square for the craftsmen's shops displaying amazing handiwork. Make sure you get some Gaz, it's the special candy of Isfahan, delicious!Before it's too hot in the mid-day, go for a walk at Najvan Park, it offers amazing views and a deep silent atmosphere.When you're ready to do some shopping there are several malls to pick from. Mojtame Park, Osun and Ali Ghapou malls are all located in Chaharbagh Abbasi Street. These are great for clothes, flowers, electronics etc.Jewelry time! Honor Gold Bazzar is a very big one-floor shopping mall where you can find all types of yellow and white gold, as well as silver. 18k gold is the standard of Iran.The Isfahan Old Bazzar is here at the end of the list because we like to save the best for last. This market sells everything you could want and then more. It's very beautiful to visit even if you aren't planning on buying anything, situated in the western wing of Naghshe Jahan Square.Text by Steve Smith.