Isfahan is situated in the center of the country, 435 KM south of Tehran. Isfahan symbolizes the past and the present of Iran. Isfahan may be a complete manifestation of the Iranian-Islamic civilization, culture and arts that are as old as Iran herself.
It was a former capital of Persian kingdom during the Safavi dynasty. Most of the landmarks and monuments in this city have remained from that period.
Isfahan is one of the most beautiful cites in the world and was commonly referred to as half of the world because of its classic charm, flowered domes and giant minarets. Isfahan has tree-lined avenues, covered bridges and more than 200 mosques. Isfahan is perhaps, the most perfect urban space in the world, Maidan-e-Imam (Imam Square), which is twice as big as Moscow's Red Square is at the central part of the city. It attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Although Isfahan is world famous for Islamic architecture it has one of the most fascinating Christian churches in the Middle East, i.e., the Armenian cathedral.
Isfahan may also be well named the city of Iranian handicrafts and traditional arts: Carpet weaving, engraving, miniature painting, inlaid work, tile making, brocade, calico and enamelwork are among the most important forms of art in Isfahan.
Isfahan is also an important industrial town with more than 1000 giant factories and industrial sites.