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Spice Bazaar - Isfahan - Iran by Bryan Freeman


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Taken on our recent trip to Esfahan (aka Isfahan) Iran.

This bazaar is totally amazing. We spent nearly two days (dazed) walking around it, above it and visiting the mosque. It encircles Imam Square, and you can gain access to the stupendous Imam Mosque from the square. The bazaar is apparently two kilometres long however, due to the crowds and amazing art, artifacts and food for sale, you’ll walk about 500m in approximately one hour, and that’s fast.

Parts of the bazaar are two stories high and you can go up there and see the artists making the souvenirs sold in the bazaar below.

Esfahan really is one of the MUST SEE cities on this planet.

We really enjoyed our trip to Esfahan and hope to go back there again someday.

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31 May Featured in Around The World

16 June Featured in Captial Cities of The World

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The two kilometer bazaar is a vaulted street that links the old city, the Friday mosque and old maydan with Shah Abbas’ new maydan. The entry at the Maydan-i Shah is marked by a large portal that mirrors in form the entrance portal of the Shah Mosque. The iwan of the bazaar portal is flanked by galleries and crowned with the representation of Sagittarius in mosaic tile.

The portal accesses the royal bazaar, the royal mint and the royal caravanserai, leading to the major artery of the bazaar. Mosques, hamams and khans lead off this main street, much of which is lit by circular openings cut into the brick vaults, shafts of light dotting the passage at certain times of day.

Further details of EsfahanIsfahan below from Wikipedia

Isfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb “’Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast” (Isfahan is half of the world).

Beautiful bridges in Esfahan below:
Si-o-Seh Pol – Esfahan – Iran – Daylight

Si-o-Seh Pol below at night

The next bridge along from this one is Ferdowsi Bridge:

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque – Esfahan

Inside Imam Mosque below:

Entrance to Imam Mosque:

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  • Kensoi
    Kensoiover 4 years ago

    Great Capture

  • Thanks Kensoi, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Jordan Miscamble
    Jordan Miscambleover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Bryan!

  • Thanks Jordan!

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Themis
    Themisover 4 years ago

    Good capture – I love markets :-)

  • Thanks Themis, I’ll have to upload some more then! ;-)

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Hover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Dinni, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Christine Oakley
    Christine Oakleyover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your Feature on 31 May 2010!

    Keep the great work coming!

  • Woohoo, that’s awesome! Thanks Christine.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaover 4 years ago

    Great capture!

    Yes, Esfahan is definitely one of my all-time favorite cities, too! The Imam square is one of the most splendid examples of city planning in the world. Been there twice (though the second time was less than a day and sadly there was no water in the river) – with a bit of luck I’ll be back this year for a few days!

  • Thanks Marjolein. Lucky you going back to Esfahan. I hope you get to stay there for a few days. I look forward to seeing your photos of Esfahan when you get back.

    – Bryan Freeman

    RONI PHOTOGRAPHYover 4 years ago

    Fantastic Work !!

  • Awesome stuf, thanks Roni

    – Bryan Freeman

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherover 4 years ago

    amazing – great perspective and vivid colours

  • thanks Simone, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Tim&Paria Sauls
    Tim&Paria Saulsover 4 years ago

    Nice work.

  • Thanks very much, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • wolfepaw
    wolfepawover 4 years ago


  • Thanks wolfepaw

    – Bryan Freeman

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