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Isfahan Day 2

This morning we walked to the Naqsh-e Johan Square. This Square was constructed in the 16th century, and is the 2nd largest square in the world, after Tiananmen Square. We visited the Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, built as a private mosque of the royal court. The tile work in this Mosque was exquisite.
We crossed the square to visit the Ali Qapu Palace. This is a large, six-storey palace with a terrace overlooking the square, from which the ruler watched polo matches. The upper floor of the palace was particularly interesting as it included stucco and plaster decorations of various vessels and cups.
We visited a shop in the bazaar where some of our colleagues purchased miniature paintings. This bazaar is one of the oldest and largest in the Middle East.
We then walked to The Chehel Sotoun Palace and gardens. Known as the 40 Column Palace, the entry is supported by large wooden columns. The palace walls are adorned with beautiful paintings of historical scenes. The gardens were another lovely example of Persian gardens.
In the afternoon we visited the Vank Cathedral, an Armenian Christian church on the south side of the river. The church, built in the 1600s, is decorated with frescoes in the inimitable Orthodox style.
We then went to a Music Museum. We were treated to a very entertaining performance of Iranian music performed on traditional Iranian instruments. We were given a tour of the extensive collection of unique and unusual instruments from this region.
Finally, we went for pizza in a funky restaurant in the lively Armenian quarter.

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View of Ali Qapu Palace
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Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque ceiling
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Stucco and plaster decorations of various vessels and cups.
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Ceiling of stucco and plaster decorations of various vessels and cups.
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Chehel Sotoun Palace and gardens
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Chehel Sotoun Palace and gardens
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Inside Chehel Sotoun Palace
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Inside Chehel Sotoun Palace
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Inside Chehel Sotoun Palace
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Inside Chehel Sotoun Palace
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Part of Vank Cathedral Complex
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Inside Vank Cathedral
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Inside Vank Cathedral
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Inside Vank Cathedral

Posted by Jimpat 06:39

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