A Road Trip to Shiraz
It was in May 2011 that a group of my friends and I decided to go on a road trip from Tehran (the capital city) to Shiraz; a road trip of approximately 950 Kilometers. We started our journey from Tehran around 9 am by my car and we reached Esfahan on our way to Shiraz at 6 pm the same day. There was not much time left to explore all the monuments and sites in the city, so we decided to spend a few hours in Meidan Emam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meidan Emam (or Naqsh-e-Jahan Square) was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979 based on criteria (i), (v) and (vi). The square was built by Shah Abbas in the 17th century when he decided to move the capital of the Persian empire from Qazvin to Esfahan. He remodeled the whole city and built this square at its center.
According to UNESCO, the site is known for the Royal Mosque, the Mosque of Sheikh Lotfollah, the magnificent Portico of Qaysariyyeh and the 15th century Timurid palace. These monuments are an impressive testimony to the level of social and cultural life in Persia during the Safavid era. In this picture you can see Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (مسجد شیخ لطف الله) in my background.
(The photo has bee taken by my friend Amir Sadeghi)
Meidan Emam, Esfahan – Islamic Republic of Iran