This rectangle square in Isfahan is surrounded by other historical places, namely, Alighapoo, Abbasi mosque, and Shekh Lotfollah Mosque . It is 507 m long and 158 m wide. During Timurid dynasty it used to be smaller, but they expanded it at Shah Abbas I time.
This place was used for holding different celebrations and rituals and also for playing Polo.
This square was inscribed on Iran's National Heritage List in 1934 and in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
Appellation of Names:
Until the Safavids, there had been a garden on the current status of the field, called “naghshe jahan”. The garden named after anAzerbaijan's city, which is now called ”Nakhchivan”. Other names that are listed are Square, Jahan Square, Grand Square, , The Main Square, New Square, Palace Square, The King Square, The Royal Square, The Great King Square, and today Imam Square.
Rectangular field 507 meters wide and 158 meters long at the center of Isfahan. Four exquisite buildings of Ali Qapoo, Abbasi Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Caesar-ea entrance built on the four sides of the rectangular.
Jahan Square buildings and geography in fact making it one of the rare monuments of the world, indeed.
‘Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Pavilion, Caesar-ea Market and other building in this square, dating back to the Safavid era.
Dave Lafva, a French traveler who visited the square in 1920 , writes: I do not need to try like Greek Pythagoras trying to resolve an issue, but is fully revealed to me, and finally I can confidently say in our today civilized society no other structure exists worthy of comparison to the breadth and beauty and symmetry of Naghshe Jahan Square. This is my personal opinion, many other Europeans who specialize in architecture and engineering has the same opinion.
Pietro Della Valle, an Italian traveler, also commented: equal and harmonious buildings around the square and surrounded by the beautiful series without a cut at any point and the richest square in the world, if I dare to say.
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