Naqsh-e Jahan Square World Heritage Site

Historical square at the center of Isfahan city, Iran

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Naghsh-e Jahan square, Isfahan
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Naghsh-e Jahan square
LocationIsfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran
CriteriaCultural: (i)(v)(vi)
Inscription1979 (3rd session)
Coordinates32°39′26.82″N 51°40′40″E / 32.6574500°N 51.67778°E / 32.6574500; 51.67778Coordinates: 32°39′26.82″N 51°40′40″E / 32.6574500°N 51.67778°E / 32.6574500; 51.67778
Naqsh-e Jahan Square is located in Iran
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Location of Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Iran

Naqsh-e Jahan Square (Persian: میدان نقش جهانMaidān-e Naghsh-e Jahān; trans: "Image of the World Square"), also known as Shah Square (میدان شاه) or Imam Square (میدان امام), is a square situated at the center of Isfahan, Iran. Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. It is 160 metres (520 ft) wide by 560 metres (1,840 ft) long[1] (an area of 89,600 square metres (964,000 sq ft)). It is also referred to as Shah Square or Imam Square.[2] The square is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era. The Shah Mosque is situated on the south side of this square. On the west side is the Ali Qapu Palace. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is situated on the eastern side of this square and at the northern side Qeysarie Gate opens into the Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Today, Namaaz-e Jom'eh (the Muslim Friday prayer) is held in the Shah Mosque.

The square is depicted on the reverse of the Iranian 20,000 rials banknote.[3]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2016-10-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Blake, Stephen P.; Half the World. The Social Architecture of Safavid Isfahan, 1590–1722, pp. 117–9.
  3. ^ Central Bank of Iran. Banknotes & Coins: 20000 Rials. – Retrieved on 24 March 2009.

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  • Isfahan Province

    Province of Iran

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  • Ālī Qāpū
  • Shah Mosque (Isfahan)
  • Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

    Mosque at the Naqsh-i Jahan Square, Esfahan, Iran

  • Isfahan University of Art
  • Chaharbagh, Isfahan
  • Darb-e Imam
  • Chaharbagh School

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