Among the cities of Iran, Isfahan is like a piece of jewelry that despite the historical fluctuations in the area has still retained its luster and glory throughout the centuries. The city is so vibrant that it seems as if it has been born today and yet it is so original that it looks as though it has always existed. The city’s rich culture and beautiful nature are in such perfect harmony that one seems to be a reflection of the other. Isfahan is an ultimate expression of the Iranian-Islamic Culture.
Isfahan was once one of the largest and most important cities in Central Asia, positioned as it is on the crossroads of the main north-south and east-west trade routes that cross Central Asia. The city was the splendid capital of the Seljuq (12th century) and Safavid (16th and 17th century) dynasties, and is renowned for its beauty, which has given rise to the Iranian saying that “Isfahan is half the world”. (UNESCO)
This city is the city of art! You can find always some artists in each corner of the city, representing their art.
The capital of Islamic word has so many things to show you and make your experience unforgettable. You can visit those magical mosques, enjoy a walk into Iran’s capital of handicrafts’ bazaar and taste delicious Isfahnian dishes in small cafes everywhere.
Isfahan is a very appropriate place for a walking Tour. Its beautiful urban architecture makes you enjoy walking through Bazaar, old streets and visiting monuments.
Iranian-Armenians, also known as Persian-Armenians, are Iranians of Armenian ethnicity who may speak Armenian as their first language. Estimates of their number in Iran range from 70,000 to 200,000. Areas with a higher concentration of them include Tabriz, Tehran and Isfahan’s Jolfa quarter.
Several times in history Armenia was belonged Iran’s territory. Many of the oldest Armenian churches, monasteries, and chapels are located within modern-day Iran. Persian Armenia, which includes modern-day Armenian Republic, was part of Qajar Iran up to 1828. Iran had one of the largest populations of Armenians in the world alongside neighboring Ottoman Empire until the beginning of the 20th century.
Armenians were influential and active in the modernization of Iran during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today the Armenians are Iran’s largest Christian religious minority.
New Julfa was established in 1606 as an Armenian quarter by the edict of Shah Abbas I from the Safavid dynasty. Over 150,000 Armenians were moved there from the older Julfa (also known as Jugha or Juła) in Nakhichavan. Historical records indicate that the residents of Julfa were treated well by Shah Abbas in the hopes that their resettlement in Isfahan would be beneficial to Iran due to their knowledge of the silk trade.
The tour begins at northern entrance of Marnan Bridge (also known as Jolfa Bridge) and after a walk visiting the whole area including the churches and Armenian houses and schools and universities; will finish in front of Vank Cathedral.
Approximate time: 9:00 am till 17:00 pm. You will have free time for lunch and Coffee during the tour.