Qeysarieh Portal


Decorated with beautiful tiles, the most notable feature of this grand entrance to the bazaar is a series of recently restored frescoes by the great Reza Abbasi, depicting Shah Abbas’ war with the Uzbeks. There are also hunting and feasting scenes.

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1. Shahi Assar Khaneh Museum

0.09 MILES

Dating from the Safavid era, this museum showcases the early technology involved in pressing oil from roasted seeds. A large round stone revolved on a…

2. Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square

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Hemmed on four sides by architectural gems and embracing the formal fountains and gardens at its centre, this wondrous space is a spectacle in its own…

3. Kakh-e Ali Qapu


Built at the very end of the 16th century as a residence for Shah Abbas I, this six-storey palace also served as a monumental gateway to the royal palaces…

4. Decorative Arts Museum of Iran

0.21 MILES

Housed in a building that once served as stables and warehouse to Safavid kings, this small museum contains a fine collection from the Safavid and Qajar…

5. Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah

0.22 MILES

Punctuating the middle of the arcades that hem Esfahan's largest square, this study in harmonious understatement complements the overwhelming richness of…

6. Bazar-e Bozorg

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One of Iran’s most historic and fascinating bazaars, this sprawling covered market links Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Sq with the Masjed-e Jameh. At its busiest…

7. Masjed-e Shah

0.33 MILES

This elegant mosque, with its iconic blue-tiled mosaics and its perfect proportions, forms a visually stunning monument at the head of Esfahan's main…

8. Kakh-e Chehel Sotun

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Built as a pleasure pavilion and reception hall, using the Achaemenid-inspired talar (columnar porch) style, this beautifully proportioned palace is…