Naqsh-e Jahan Square is also known by the historical name the Shah’s Square, and after the revolution of Iran in 1979, the official name became the Imam Square, is the central square of Isfahan, which is at the center of historical complex of Naqsh-e Jahan Square.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square is a square with the rectangular shape, it is 560 meters long and 160 meters wide (520 ft and 1,840 ft wide) in the center of Isfahan.
This region includes the historical buildings, such as Ali Qapu, Shah Mosque (Imam Mosque),Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, and Keisaria gate. In addition to these buildings, there are two hundred two-story store which are located around the square. These stores are the handcrafts market in Isfahan.
Many travelers and tourists who have described the city of Isfahan in the past, talked a lot about the magnitude of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. They described the visitations of Naqsh-e Jahan Square by ambassadors and foreign agents and citizens of other countries. And many of the historical negotiations were done between Iranian politicians and foreign politicians on the the Naqsh-e Jahan Square.
In the 17th century AD, this square was one of the largest squares in the world. Sir John Chardin recognized this square as the most beautiful square in the world. During the period of Shah Abbas, the Great and his successors, in the royal ceremonies and festivities, the square was Translation errorthe place for the polo, an army parade, illumination, and various shows, and on the other days it was a place for people to promenade and shopping.
The two stone gates of that period are still remain. They show us that Persian sport of polo could be played in the square, and these gates are the oldest polo gates in the world.
The design of the square has an influence on how to play the polo. The sports fields of Harlingen and other famous polo fields have been built by the inspiration of this field.
The square was also the venue for Friday’s huge markets. This square was also the place of the great Friday Bazaars. The stores around the Naqsh-e Jahan Square have been selling handcrafts from very far away.