The Most Important Attractions of Esfahan

download (14)Esfahan is half the world, except for Tabriz. This is the famous Iranian saying that glorifies the importance of Esfahan, a significant touristic destination that is often included in travel packages to Iran.

Situated at the heart of the country, Esfahan is located around 414 kilometers to the South Of Tehran, the capital of the country. Due to the wonderful weather of Esfahan, many travelers who tour Iran spend a couple of nights at least exploring the wonders of the city.

The Northern section of Esfahan is featured with its cooler weather. While in the South and the West, many mountains surround the city and the Eastern and the Northern sections of the city are linked together through a number of plains. Several travel packages to Iran would sometimes include a visit to the natural regions of Esfahan.

UNESCO considered Esfahan among the seven historical cities of the world. The international organization asserted how important it is to maintain the architectural and building patterns and style of the city that amaze many travelers who tour Iran.

Historians noted that Esfahan was built as early as Tahmures, the builder of Merv was briefly the largest city in the world in the 12th century. Esfahan was an important transit point of several caravans. Today many tourists who travel to Iran would usually visit Esfahan.

The spread of Islam in Esfahan in the 8th century AD and the influence of the Islamic civilization formed one of the most marvelous cities in the world. Esfahan today has some amazing mosques, Islamic schools, and other interesting historical sites that are commonly included in several tours to Iran.

Among the most popular and interesting sections of Esfahan is the old market of the city that is situated in the Northern section of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, one of the world heritage sites of the UNESCO. The old market of Esfahan is one of the most appealing in the whole world and it welcomes thousands of tourists who spend their vacations in Iran.

The old market of Esfahan is the largest in Iran and one of the biggest in the whole world. It begins with a central market and then many smaller markets emerged that sell specific goods and products including handcrafts, golden and silver jewelry, rugs and carpets, shoes, and many other products. Travelers who tour Iran spend many hours in the market.

The Zoroastrianism Temple is one of the most remarkable monuments of Esfahan. It is located at the top of the Atshkah Mountain, more than 1680 meters above sea level. Constructed in the 13th century, the temple was made out clay and sand layers in one of the most unparalleled buildings in the world. Many tours to Iran include a visit to this matchless temple.

Esfahan is also famous for many Islamic monuments. There is for example the Monar Jonban. This complex consists of two minarets and an Iwan, or an open courtyard. The complex was constructed in the 14th century when the Mongols ruled over the country. The complex is characterized that if one minaret shakes, the other minaret, and the whole complex shakes in a reaction. Included in almost all travel packages to Iran, it is one of the remarkable Islamic monuments in the world.

 

The City of Marrakech in Morocco

download (1)Marrakesh is the largest Moroccan city in terms of population and it is located in the center of the kingdom. The population of Marrakech was estimated to be around 900 thousand inhabitants in 2012. This is in addition to a large number of tourists who visit the city as part of their travel package to Morocco.

There are no historical records, in fact, that explains the name of the city of Marrakesh. It was described as the red city, the vast destination that blends the heat, the shades, the ice, and the palms all together. This distinctive ambience of the whole country grabs the attention of several vacationers to spend their holidays in Morocco.

Perhaps the most interesting sight in Marrakech is the Jemaa el-Fnaa Arena. This is where travellers who tour Morocco watch snake charmers, story tellers, musicians, in addition to many other types of Moroccan folklore that represents the traditional heritage of the country.

The Jemaa El Fnaa was added to the UNESCO world heritage sites in 2001. In fact this square was established with the foundation of the city in 1070 AD. Since that date, Marrakesh became one of the most remarkable cities almost included in all tours to Morocco.

Located at the heart of the city of Marrakech, Al Koutoubia Mosque is another interesting historical monument explored by many travelers who tour Morocco. The word Koutoubia is actually derived from the word Koutoubien, or the books’ sellers market.

The complex in fact consists of two ancient mosques. The first was established in 1147 on the ruins of a much older palace that belonged to the Moravids dynasty. The other was constructed in 1158 with 17 arcades coming out of the main prayer area that are directed towards the Qibla. The mosques welcome a lot of tourists who travel to Morocco.

Another notable historical site in Marrakech is the Saadian Tombs. Established in the middle of the 16th century, this ancient necropolis hosts the buried bodies of most of the Saadis dynasty and their family members. Due to its wonderful decoration and historical significance, a visit to the tombs is usually included in many tours to Morocco.

The style of decoration and outline of the Saadian tombs were influenced by the Marinid tombs and mausoleums that were founded in Fes and Chellah. The decorations are featured with their Gypsum and tiles’ works that are characterized with the mixture between the Western and Andalusian styles of art and architecture that amaze travelers who spend holiday in Morocco.

The old walls and gates of Marrakech are among the most wonderful monuments included in many tour packages to Morocco that include a visit to the city. There is for example the Dekala Gate that consists of two large towers with an entrance gate in the middle that leads to the ancient city. The Dekala Gate is one of the major entrance points to the ancient city.

There is also the Agnaou Gate that was established by the Almohad Dynasty, among many other gates, to protect the Qasba of Marrakesh. This gate is distinguished with its amazing style and marvelous architectural elements. Many travelers who spend their vacations in Morocco often visit this gatein particular.

There are even many more interesting places for travelers who tour Morocco to explore in the amazing city of Marrakech, the romantic city nicknamed as the red city full of amazement and interesting places to visit.