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  Isfahan (city) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The southern and western approaches of Isfahan are mountainous and it is bordered northward and eastward by fertile plains.
Isfahan was the showcase of Safavi artists and craftsmen who wished to exhibit their extraordinary talents.
Isfahan's wealth originated in its role as a chief waystation along the trans-Asia trade route, but trade dwindled as the cheaper sea routes increased in popularity for transporting commodities between Asia and Europe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Isfahan_(city)   (1151 words)

 Isfahan province - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Isfahan province, less commonly Esfahan province, is one of the 30 provinces of Iran.
The province of Isfahan covers an area of approximately 107,027 square kilometers and is situated in the center of Iran.
The city of Esfahan is the provincial capital; and the townships of this province are as follows: Aran,,, Isfahan, and,,,,,,, Falavarjan, Kashan, Golpayegan,,, Nain,, and Natanz; 18 townships,38 counties, 67 cities, and 2470 villages in all.
www.leessummit.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Esfahan_Province   (658 words)

 History on Podium: Isfahan, The Second Heaven
Although the city was the result of two immense urban plans in the eleventh and seventeenth centuries the golden age of Isfahan was in the Safavid era, particularly from 1587 to 1736.
Isfahan is situated in a fertile and well-watered area, with a river named the Zayandeh-Roud River flowing through it.
In the eighth century, Isfahan was witness to the establishment of a new mosque in the town of Yavan.
www.iranchamber.com /podium/history/040412_isfahan_the_second_heaven.php   (1105 words)

 Isfahan (Esfahan) Sights at Best Iran Travel.com
The literal translation for the Persian proverb "Isfahan nesfeh jahan" is "Isfahan is half of the world." This proverb was coined in the 16th century to express the greatness of the city.
Isfahan besides being one of the finest art cities in the world and rich in history, it is also one of the Iran's largest industrial, agricultural, and handcrafts production centers.
Isfahan has many outstanding examples of medieval Islamic architecture like the Imam Mosque (Masjid-i-Imam) and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and is also noted for its gardens, squares, palaces and stone bridges.
bestirantravel.com /sights/isfahan/isfahan.html   (263 words)

 Iransaga - Historical Cities of Iran, Isfahan
Shah Abbas chose Isfahan as his capital, prompted by the fear for the safety of the old capitals, Tabriz and Qazvin, which were considered too close to the Ottoman Empire.
During his reign, Isfahan was opened up to the outside world with the presence of a number of foreigners at the Safavid court - English and Dutch merchants, European artists, and diplomats hoping to secure alliances against the common Ottoman enemy - and became one of the most glorious cities of its time.
The centre of Isfahan during the Seljuk period was the Friday Mosque.
www.artarena.force9.co.uk /esfahan.htm   (678 words)

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Isfahan, a major city in central Iran, was the splendid capital of the Seljuq and Safavid dynasties whose legacies established Iran (formerly Persia) as the cultural heart of the eastern Islamic world in terms of language (Persian), art, and architecture.
His decision to move the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan in 1590 may have been motivated by the city's economic potential (the Zayandeh River and its fertile plain) and by concerns for security, given its central location at a safe distance from troubled borderlands.
By selecting Isfahan as his royal seat, Abbas associated his rule with an illustrious dynasty of the past, which was especially crucial in the early years of Abbas's rule when the survival of the Safavid dynasty was indeed questionable.
depts.washington.edu /uwch/silkroad/cities/iran/isfahan/isfahan.html   (2555 words)

 Iran Cities - Isfahan
Isfahan, the renowned capital of safavid rulers in the 17th and 18th centuries, lies in central Iran, 435 kilometers to Tehran.
The strategic geographical position of Isfahan made it the target of attention of several kings and enemies in the course of the history.
Most of historical works of Isfahan date to the Saffavid era in the 17th and 18th century, though there are also some works from the mediaeval ages or of before the Islam.
www.samintravel.com /city_isfahan.htm   (528 words)

 Isfahan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The famous half-rhyme Isfahan nesf-e-jahan (Esfahan is half the world) was coined in the 16th century to express the city's grandeur.
The express train between Isfahan and Tehran might be a preferable alternative to sitting all night on the seat.
Lying in the margin of the central desert of Iran, this town is 180 Km north East of Isfahan cities.
www.iranparadise.com /Iran/Isfahan.htm   (570 words)

 IRAN: An Introduction -- Isfahan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Isfahan is situated in the center of the country, 435 KM south of Tehran.
Isfahan is one of the most beautiful cites in the world and was commonly referred to as half of the world because of its classic charm, flowered domes and giant minarets.
Isfahan is perhaps, the most perfect urban space in the world, Maidan-e-Imam (Imam Square), which is twice as big as Moscow's Red Square is at the centeral part of the city.
www.enel.ucalgary.ca /People/far/hobbies/iran/isfahan.html   (218 words)

 Iran Cities- Isfahan Visitors Guide
Isfahan probably is one of the few Iranian cities that stand almost close to a tourist's expectation of a Persian town.
It is a monument of Safavid period with a large number of elements that are reminiscent of the glory and splendor of Islamic and Persian civilization.
Situated on the slopes of mount Zagross in the center of Iranian plateau, Isfahan is a city taken shape on a fertile land which is irrigated by Zayandeh Roud (the life-giving river).
www.iranworld.com /home/hvg-m004.htm   (535 words)

 isfahan rugs ISFAHAN carpets Esfehan rugs Antique Serafian Persain rugs Oldcarpet.com Information about oriental rugs ...
ISFAHAN rugs and carpets are very symmetrical and balanced and usually have a single medallion surrounded with whorls (vines) and palmettos.
ISFAHAN rugs and carpets are among the finest quality carpets, so expect to pay $7-$35 Per Square Foot (PSF) for a carpet from ISFAHAN.
During the Arsacid (Parthian) Dynasty, Isfahan was the capital city of a wide province that was administered by Arsacid governors.
www.oldcarpet.com /isfahan.htm   (664 words)

 Silk Road Tours - Middle East - Iran - Isfahan
The main square of Isfahan is Imam Square (formerly a large polo ground) which includes The Imam Mosque, covered inside and out with blue enamelled tiles of great beauty, The Lotfollah Mosque with its exquisite pink dome, The Ali Qapu palace (Shah Abbas's residence) and the Jameh (Friday) mosque.
In spring and autumn, Isfahan is a delightful place for strolling and exploring and its bazaar is one of the finest in Iran.
Between Isfahan and Tehran lies the town of Kashan, famous for its carpets, pottery and rose water.
www.silkroadtours.co.uk /isfahan.html   (165 words)

 bhowco.com / Isfahan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Isfahan is counted one of the richest provinces in Iran, due to having many tourists visiting the monuments which are remained from different period.Most of these historical places are from the Saljuq and Safavid petiods.
Isfahan province has a moderate climate and four regular seasons, the maximum rainfall is in winter and the minimum in autumn.
The plain of Isfahan which is situated amidst the wilderness and the arid hills of central Iran from one side, and the importance of its position in relation to the extensive central plateau of the country, plays a vital part in its connection with the historical and archaic past of Iran.
bhowco.com /isfahan.htm   (515 words)

 Baha'i History of Isfahan
The city of Isfahan is situated in the center of Iran and was, under the Safavid dynasty, the capital of the country.
Isfahan and the surrounding villages were Bábí strongholds, as evidenced by the fact that some 10% of the participants at Shaykh Tabarsí (q.v.), were from the area (Momen 164).
In the villages around Isfahan there were also numerous episodes of persecution and some martyrdoms: in Najafábád in 1864, 1889, 1899, and 1910; in Sidih in 1890; and in Zavárih in 1926.
www.northill.demon.co.uk /relstud/isfahan.htm   (880 words)

 ISFAHAN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Hiermit begann im Jahre 643 die islamische Geschichte Isfahans und ein Aufschwung, der die Stadt zum Sitz der bedeutenden persischen Herrscherdynastien machte.
Das moderne Isfahan ist Universitätsstadt und verfügt über einen eigenen Flughafen.
Nach der Stadt ist auch der feine handgeknüpfte Perserteppich Isfahan benannt.
www.toonorama.com /encyclopedia/I/Isfahan   (215 words)

 Saudi Aramco World : "Isfahan Is Half The World"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Isfahan, previously a sleepy provincial capital, had increased swiftly in size and importance since that day more than 30 years before when Shah Abbas of the Safavid Dynasty forced it to surrender to him by diverting its water supply.
Isfahan lay on the north side of the river, and the camels, horses and mules of the ambassador's train had plodded across a noble bridge erected above 33 arches of hewn stone.
Water from the river was channeled throughout the city, and within the piers of the bridge were spacious chambers where the citizens could rest and listen to the gentle music of the stream—except in summer when it waxed so low that a child could cross.
www.saudiaramcoworld.com /issue/196201/.isfahan.is.half.the.world..htm   (1667 words)

 Isfahan's Hunting Grounds under Foreign Steps
Tehran, 4 October 2005 (CHN) -- Isfahan's hunting grounds are the only region in Iran in which the hunting permit is just issued for foreigners.
Isfahan province enjoys 2 protected areas and a national park, with a variety of plants and animals.
Morteza Talebi, director of Control and Inspection office of Isfahan Department of Environment, explains that the main reason for this decision is the more income gained by the foreign hunters and the less problem caused by these hunters.
www.payvand.com /news/05/oct/1037.html   (518 words)

 Isfahan Hand-knotted Red/Navy Rug - 9'6 x 13'3 (Iran)
The city is the center of the Isfahan province and is located in a vast region of Central Iran.
Isfahan flourished during the Safavid era, and served temporarily as the capital during this period.
Isfahan designers have been influenced by the motifs of ceramic works and historical buildings such as Chehel-Sotun Palace, Madrassa Chahar-Bagh Madare Shah, and the Mosque of Sheikh Lotfollah.
www.exploitz.com /Isfahan-Handknotted-RedNavy-Rug-96-x-133-Iran-wzx.php   (285 words)

 Only-area-rugs.com: Isfahan rugs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The rugs that are woven inside the city of Isfahan are very respected in the Persian rug industry because of their rich ancient history and honorable reputation dating back to the 16th century.
Most Isfahan rugs are a favorite of many, and command higher retail prices due to their extraordinary quality and elegant symmetry.
Kashan and Isfahan are both pioneers in the game of handmade rugs, and the two have had great influence on their surrounding cities.
www.only-area-rugs.com /isfahan.html   (302 words)

 History of Carpet in Isfahan, Iran
Isfahan is the center of Isfahan province and is placed in a vast region of Central Iran, abounded by Zagros and Central Mountains and ended to "Kavir Lut" and "Kavir Namak" Deserts.
Isfahan is in 1590 meter above the sea level and extends to Kashan and Natanz from north, Yazd from East, Abadeh from South and Najafabad and Golpayegan from West.
Isfahan's flourishing period was in Safavid era, when capital was transferred from Tabriz to Qazvin and then to Isfahan, to obtain more security.
www.caroun.com /Rug/CountriesRug/IranRug/IsfahanRug/IsfahanRug-General.htm   (277 words)

 Isfahan: The Heart of Iran - The World & I Online Magazine
Isfahan's artisan tradition spans the greatness of ancient Persia and the golden age of the seventeenth century Safavid dynasty.
Located in virtually the middle of Iran, the city was once the capital of the Persian kingdom, a lush green oasis surrounded by vast deserts of sand and salt.
Isfahan's golden age began in the late seventeenth century under the Safavid dynasty.
www.worldandi.com /public/2000/december/iran.html   (325 words)

 Isfahan rug online
An Isfahan rug is handknotted with wool/silk on a cotton foundation.
This term is used to describe rug producing workshops that produce consistently outstanding rugs under the direction of a master weaver.
Isfahan is the old capital of Persia, present day Iran.
www.persian-n-oriental-rugs.com /isfahan-rug.html   (194 words)

 Isfahan travel guide
Isfahan or Esfahan is one of the oldest cities of Iran with the 1,001,000 population located 355 km (220 miles) south of Tehran.
Isfahan was a crossroad of international trade and diplomacy, and therefore was a kaleidoscope of resident languages, religions, and customs.
Once the capital of ancient dynasties, Isfahan reached height of prosperity and fame as the seat of the Safavid Kings in the seventeenth century.
www.world66.com /asia/middleeast/iran/isfahan   (233 words)

The most famous master weaver in Isfahan is Serafian, however you must be careful of the many fake Serafians in the market.
Size and Shapes: Isfahan carpets have varying sizes the majority of which are mid-sized (6x4 to 10x8 feet).
Flowing through Isfahan city, Zayandeh Rood is the most important river in the province.
www.carpetbuyer.com /pages/isfahan.htm   (203 words)

 Iranian Architecture: Bazaar of Isfahan
The first evidence of a bazaar in Isfahan is based on "Hamze Isfahani", who wrote that in the bazaar of the city, which is closed to Yahoudiye[22] there are some squares for businessmen, craftsmen and workers.
The Bazaar of Isfahan consisted of two parts, the old section, which started from the old square, close to the Friday mosque, and the new section, which started from Naghsh-e-Jahan square[26] and connected to the old section.
Yahoudiye was the settlement of the Jewish in Isfahan.
www.iranchamber.com /architecture/bazaar_of_isfahan2.php   (466 words)

 Isfahan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Isfahan or Esfahān can refer to either a city or a province in Iran (Persia):
Isfahan is the name of a song by the Jazzist Duke Ellington
Ispahan a kind of rose and an older pronunciation of the city's name.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Isfahan   (105 words)

 Carpet -- Esfahani Style   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In the heyday of the city under Shah Abbas the Great, in the 16th and 17th centuries, Isfahan was a paradise of art and beauty.
The overall color effect of the new Isfahans is pale, beige or light blue.
Isfahan carpets are amongst the best of Persian carpets and are as hard wearing as they are decorative.
persia.org /Images/Persian_Carpet/esfahan_carpet.html   (325 words)

 Travelmap.nl | Rondreis Isfahan
Isfahan is de meest bezienswaardige stad van Iran.
De prachtige architectuur van Isfahan bestaat verder uit, moskeeën (Masjed-e-emam wordt gezien als één van de mooiste islamitische bouwwerken van de wereld), paleizen, bruggen en tuinen.
Isfahan is 1564 keer bekeken sinds 1 sep. '04
www.travelmap.nl /stedentrip.asp?pid=302   (142 words)

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