Iran’s Florence: Isfahan 2018

In addition to being a postcard beauty with its majestic architecture, Isfahan reminds me of Florence, the capital of the European Renaissance, as a culture, art and Science Center throughout its history. With its tiled door, the Firuze Dome, hundreds of years of mosques, each with an impressive architecture, the bridges, the structures that have been studied in art history classes, the streets that maintain the ancient cultures of the different cultures of Isfahan, step-by-step to be explored Waiting. An insatiable open-air museum, Isfahan was once the favorite city of the eastern Renaissance.
One of the important stops of the historic Silk Road, this ancient Iranian capital was the largest city on the scale comparable to Rome and Athens, and more than half a million people lived.

He created one of the largest capitals in the world, with city development projects, initiated in the form of one of the largest programmes in Iranian history, around the river Zayende, which passed through the arid vast lands and gave life to the city. He strengthened the city’s Islamic identity with mosques and madrasahs, improved the city’s economy with Caravanserais, the magnificent palaces and public places, the bazaars, the baths and the social life. The city has become an important commercial city for the Persian Gulf and the Silk Road, adorned with numerous Islamic architecture works.
This brilliant period, which lasted more than 100 years, ended with the invasion of Persia in 1732. The capital first moved to Shiraz and then to Tehran.Isfahan-Bazaar-Bozurg
Modern, tidy, green This city is now the third largest city in Iran with over 3.5 million inhabitants. Beautiful boulevard, manicured parks, large old trees, clean streets, and this green oasis in the middle of the desert looks like a mirage. Although this former capital has handed over its political power to Tehran, it continues to be the capital of the country from its historical and cultural standpoint.

Preserving the importance of geographical, architectural and religious aspects of every period, the city continues its development without being subjected to the same effects of today’s mass tourism. While modernisation projects are being developed without losing the city’s historical heritage and texture, some parts of the city have been disrupted by uncontrolled growth and slums.
Isfahan, not only with its historical sites, but also the traditional structure of the family, the shape of life and a city where different ethnic communities can live together, maintain a large number of cultures.
Some special concessions have been known to Armenians, who have caused further diversification of ethnic and religious groups in the city, such as by Shah Abbas, the acquisition of land, the determination of their own managers, and the ability to freely make religious ceremonies. In this neighbourhood, there are 13 Christian churches and cathedral, especially the Vank cathedral.
Jews, whose numbers are dwindling, have synagogues in the middle of the city’s old neighborhoods. The Armenian and Jewish communities living in the city, in the shadow of Sharia laws of the country, still have the permission to produce wine in traditional ways.
In the city there is still a small community of zoroastor, the temples of the fire and the worship of the temple is possible to watch.
Watching human traffic and color in the square is worth reading hundreds of books about Iran. It is possible for the Iranians to see their grandfather’s heritage as they are headed to the West, while they are holding the square alive in the mountains. The beyites of the famous poets Hafiz and Sadi, the brains of the young people who came together in the square, the lips of the human ear, sounds like music. Having the chance to inhale the air that the poems are dominated by, it’s a wonder.
The city Isfahan, which influenced the philosophy, ideology, various branches of art, politics and economics, created the Isfahan Ekolunu, which was named in its name; And as in the philosophical dimension of the thought, the urban design has been characterized as the renaissance of the song due to its importance to human beings.
With its works moved from the past to the present, Isfahan is the beginning of the cities to witness the ancient culture of Iran. Italy’s Florence, Turkey’s Istanbul, Iraq’s Baghdad, Austria’s Vienna; He’s a Isfahan for Iran.
The renaissance with its large wooded roads, pristine streets, great gardens, art centers, museums, and the western look of Isfahan, the mosques, madrasahs, churches, mescit and markets offering all the grandeur of the Magnificent revolutions The Orient.

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