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The Beauty of Esfahan, Iran

Of the cities visited in Iran, Esfahan was to me the most beautiful. Located along the banks of the Zayandeh River, which separates the city yet brings it together with parks running along both sides, Esfahan is a beautiful city with lots of green spaces, art, architecture and shopping. My only regret was that the sun, which had followed us throughout our journey, hid most of the day behind overhead clouds.

Regardless, I hope you like my impressions. As a note, While the west calls it Isfahan, I prefer the Iranian version Esfahan, which will be used throughout.

The Little Jewel - Esfahan's Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque  The Shah Mosque or Masjed-e Shāh, Esfahan, Iran  Esfahan's Bridge of the 33 Arches 

Here's what wikipedia.org has to say: Esfahan is located about 340 km south of Tehran and is the capital of Esfahan Province and Iran's third largest city (after Tehran and Mashhad). Esfahan city had a population of 1,583,609 and the Esfahan metropolitan area had a population of 3,430,353 in the 2006 Census, the second most populous metropolitan area in Iran after Tehran.

Esfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb "Esfahān is half of the world".

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