Isfahan, Iran: Naghsh-e-Jahan & around

First impression, Naghsh-e-jahan by night

First impression, Naghsh-e-jahan by night

Imam Mosque by night

Imam Mosque by night

Naghsh-e-jahan

Naghsh-e-jahan

Naghsh-e-jahan

Naghsh-e-jahan

Naghsh-e-jahan

Naghsh-e-jahan

Naghsh-e-jahan from Ali Qapu Palace terrace

Naghsh-e-jahan from Ali Qapu Palace terrace

Ceiling of the oldest chai/water-pipe place, in the bazaar

Ceiling of the oldest chai/water-pipe place, in the bazaar

Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Inside Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Inside Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Inside Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Inside Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Inside Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Inside Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Inside Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Inside Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque

Ali Qapu

Ali Qapu

Imam Mosque

Imam Mosque

Imam Mosque, tiles on the inner dome

Imam Mosque, tiles on the inner dome

Imam Mosque, tiles

Imam Mosque, tiles

Imam Mosque

Imam Mosque

Imam Mosque, in the sun

Imam Mosque, in the sun

The little ones are still colourful

The little ones are still colourful

and then something happens, everyone's clothes turn dark

Tiles on the way to Chehelsotoon

Tiles on the way to Chehelsotoon

At the Natural History Museum

At the Natural History Museum

Chehelsotoon

Chehelsotoon

Funny lions at Chehelsotoon

Funny lions at Chehelsotoon

Damp very old ceiling, Chehelsotoon

Damp very old ceiling, Chehelsotoon

Shiny ceiling, Chehelsotoon

Shiny ceiling, Chehelsotoon

Shiny ceiling, Chehelsotoon

Shiny ceiling, Chehelsotoon

Door inside Chehelsotoon

Door inside Chehelsotoon

Tiles... somewhere?

Tiles... somewhere?

Chehelsotoon and birds at sunset

Chehelsotoon and birds at sunset

First impression, Naghsh-e-jahan by nightImam Mosque by nightNaghsh-e-jahanNaghsh-e-jahanNaghsh-e-jahanNaghsh-e-jahan from Ali Qapu Palace terraceCeiling of the oldest chai/water-pipe place, in the bazaarSheikh Lutfollah MosqueSheikh Lutfollah MosqueInside Sheikh Lutfollah MosqueInside Sheikh Lutfollah MosqueInside Sheikh Lutfollah MosqueInside Sheikh Lutfollah MosqueAli QapuImam MosqueImam Mosque, tiles on the inner domeImam Mosque, tilesImam MosqueImam Mosque, in the sunand then something happens, everyone's clothes turn darkTiles on the way to ChehelsotoonAt the Natural History MuseumChehelsotoonFunny lions at ChehelsotoonDamp very old ceiling, ChehelsotoonShiny ceiling, ChehelsotoonShiny ceiling, ChehelsotoonDoor inside ChehelsotoonTiles... somewhere?Chehelsotoon and birds at sunset
 Naghsh-e-Jahan square is a huuuuge impressive central square, with a few beautiful places around dating back to the Safavid era. The Ali Qapu palace has a big terrace from where the king used to watch some sort of polo game that used to take place on the whole length of the square. I couldn’t get enough of the Imam Mosque, with the double dome and its incredible echo and energy (18 meters between the two domes account for that); the Sheikh Lutfallah Mosque, quite unsual because deprived of minarets, is right next door, and everywhere around the tiles, the tiles, the beautiful blue tiles! Nearby is also Chehelsotoon and its forty columns (twenty in front of the palace plus their reflection in the water), I even enjoyed the weird old shabby natural history museum where I landed by chance. By day, by night, this place is really attractive… I sound like a page from a tourist guidebook now, don’t I? :) But you do get asked a lot for a conversation by very sweet foreigner-hunter teenagers who very politely ask you if they can practice their English by chatting with you. Or it might also be the older bored carpet-sellers who invite you in for a cup of chai, very well knowing that you wont buy their carpet. :)

For more pictures of Isfahan, this way please!

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