Photographer's Note

This is another view from this beautiful square in Esfahan, every aspect of this square has an interesting monument, this shot capturing Emam Mosque (or Masjeded Shah). It was Shah Abbas the Great who made Isfahan his capital and then decreed that the square should be extended to its present size, and lovely buildings set around it. The length of this great square, which is actually rectangular, is 500 meters from north to south, and its width about 150 meters from east to west. It was laid out and beautified in the reign of Shah Abbas the Great, at the beginning of the seventeenth century. From that time until sixty years ago the square presented a very different aspect from the square to day. The whole area of the square within the limits of the water channels round it was quite level, while to the north and south stood two goal posts for the game of polo. Those two goals posts are still in position but replanning with large pool in the center, and lower beds round has transformed the square and given it a completely new look. Most of the buildings round are two-storied and the alcoves simply decorated, with shops selling local hand craft and art materials, and of course Gaz which is a local sweet.

I hope you like this one.

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Additional Photos by Fara Serajian (fserajian) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 716 W: 18 N: 257] (2299)
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