Naqshe-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan Square (Maidan-e Naqsh-e Jahan, trans: Image of the World Square), is a square situated at the center of Isfahan city, Iran. Built by Shah Abbas I the Great at the beginning of the 17th century, and bordered on all sides by monumental buildings linked by a series of two-storied arcades, the site is known for the Royal Mosque, the Mosque of Sheikh Lotfollah, the magnificent Portico of QeySrieh and the 15th-century Timurid palace They are an impressive testimony to the level of social and cultural life in Persia during the Safavid era. Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. It is also referred to as Shah Square or Imam Square. Today, NamSz-e Jom’eh (the Muslim Friday prayer) is held in the Imam Mosque.