Isfahan, the splendid capital of the Safavid dynasty during which Islamic philosophy flourished by the emergence of Isfahan School by Mirdamad and Sheik Bahaei and their students like Mulla Sadra, is known as the city of turquoise domes.
Isfahan, which is situated between the Zagros mountain range and the grand desert, was chosen as the capital more than once and is known as the cultural and civilization capital of Iran. It is also chosen as the Cultural capital of Islamic World in 2006.
Isfahan has become the sister city of 15 cities and is the host city for holding most of international conferences and seminars.
The inhabitants do business and art and organize industry to make a living. Isfahan is registered as the world capital of handicrafts in 2016; more than 10 handicrafts of which has received the Seal of Excellence from UNESCO out of 125.
It joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in crafts and folk art in 2015.
The Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. It has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city also has a wide variety of historic monuments and is known for the paintings, history and architecture.
The Zayande-rood River starts in the Zagros Mountains, flows from west to east through the heart of Isfahan, and dries up in the Gavkhooni wetland. The bridges over the river include some of the finest architecture in Isfahan. You may enjoy the performances of amateur singers while walking along Khaju Bridge.
Gaz, Poolaki and Sohan are the famous souvenirs of Isfahan which are widely served during Nowruz. You can try Isfahan traditional food such as Biryani, Goosht & loobia (meat and yellow peas), Khoresht-e Mast (yogurt stew), the strange mix of gooshefil, kind of sweet, and dugh, yogurt drink, and Halim Bademjan, a Persian dish made with mashed eggplant, are great choices to have while you are taking a leisurely stroll along Zayande-rood River.
Isfahan is different in each season. During spring and fall while leaves change their colors, visitors will enjoy strolling through Chahar Bagh St. (the main street of Isfahan).