Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Current Emam square

Sepah street, Emam Hossein square, Isfahan, Iran
Visiting time:
Any time
Weekly holiday:
Imam mosque on Fridays and Sheikh Lotfollah mosque during the noon prayer are closed.
Annual holidays:
All monuments of Naqsh-e Jahan Square are closed on 9th and 10th of Moharram, 28 Safar, 21th of Ramazan , 25th of Shavval (these are dates on the lunar calender) 14th Khordad (solar calender)
Entrance fee(Iranian):
Intrance fee(Foreigners):
About: Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Naghsh-e-Jahan Square is a huge rectangular square in Isfahan, Iran, which is surrounded by monuments from Safavid period. Naghsh-e-Jahan Square was built during the reign of Safavid Shah Abbas. There are other historical monuments in the square including Ali Qapu Palace, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Qeisarieh Gate. In addition to these monuments, there are 200 chambers around the square, in which Isfahan's handicrafts are presented. 
In comparison with "Place de la Concorde" in Paris, Naghsh-e-jahan Square is historically superior, and after "Tiananmen Square" in Beijing, it is the second largest square in the world. 
Due to the harmony existing in the construction of it, Naghsh-e-Jahan Square has surprised Europeans during centuries. 
The square was registered in Iran's National Heritage on January 28, 1935 under the registration number of 102. Also, it was among the first Iranian monuments, which was registered in UNESCO World Heritage in April, 1979 under the registration number of 115. 
The square was named "Shah Square" after it was built, and it was registered in World Heritage list under this name. Currently, however, it is known as "Imam Square" in that list.

Imam Mosque (Shah Mosque)


Ali Qapu Palace


Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

General Specifications
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Safavid era
Eversince the reign of Reza Shah until now the restoration and repair work of the buildings continue continuously.
Special features
Second largest square in the world after the Tiananmen square in Beijing.
UNESCO World Heritage
Important parts to visit
The historical buildings located at Naqsh-e Jahan square include Ali Qapu palace, Emam mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah mosque and Qeysarie gate
Best time to visit
Nowruz holidays
Duration of visit
One to several hours
Nearest tourist attractions
Access route
Sepah street, Emam Hossein square, Isfahan, Iran
How to access
Taxi, bus
Access to vehicles
Access for the disabled with wheelchair
Network coverage
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
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