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  • Writer's pictureAli Assareh

The beautiful Naghshe-Jahan (Impression of the World) Square, in Isfahan, Iran

Built in the early 1600s, this was a place for everyday hanging outs, public events, and local farmers & merchants markets.

It was built as part of relocation of the then-capital of Iran to Isfahan — a central city, farther away from the increasingly powerful Ottomons & Uzbeks, and closer to the ports of the Persian Gulf, which were gaining more importance as maritime trade continued to expand.

If you zoom in on the upper right or left corners of the photo, you’ll see the honeycomb shape ceiling — called Muqarnas in Arabic, and Ahoopay in Farsi, these were among the most disntinctive elements of both Islamic and Iranian architecture. Check out the detail!

Super cool!

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