Islamic-era relics found in historical mansion in Isfahan

July 16, 2020 - 0:40

TEHRAN – Some pieces of pottery and porcelain dating back to the Islamic era have recently been found during the restoration of Bekhradi Mansion in the central Isfahan province, a senior police official in charge of protecting cultural heritage has said.

The relics were unearthed from the east wall of the mansion by the restorers and cultural heritage experts, CHTN quoted Abdolreza Arab as saying on Wednesday.

Safavid-era (1501–1736) mansion, was built as a caravanserai and then turned into a house. The almost 400-year-old house is the oldest house that belonged to the Bekhradi family, one of the wealthy families of Isfahan at the time.

Located inside a big garden, the mansion has been restored several times and currently is used as a traditional accommodation center.

Soaked in a rich history and culture, Isfahan was once a crossroads of international trade and diplomacy in Iran. Now, it is one of Iran’s top tourist destinations for good reasons. The ancient city is filled with many architectural wonders such as unmatched Islamic buildings, bazaars, museums, Persian gardens, and tree-lined boulevards. It’s a city for walking, getting lost in its mazing bazaars, dozing in beautiful gardens, and meeting people.

The city has long been nicknamed as Nesf-e-Jahan which is translated into “half the world”; meaning seeing it is relevant to see the whole world. In its heyday, it was also one of the largest cities in the region with a population of nearly one million.

Isfahan is renowned not only for the abundance of great historical bridges but also for its ‘life-giving river’, the Zayandeh-Rood, which has long bestowed the city an original beauty and fertility. The cool blue tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings, and the city’s majestic bridges, contrast perfectly with the encircling hot, dry Iranian countryside.

The huge Imam Square, best known as Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. (literary meaning “Image of the World”), is one of the largest in the world (500m by 160m), and a majestic example of town planning. Built in the early 17th century, the UNESCO-registered square is punctuated with the most interesting sights in Isfahan.

Modern Isfahan is now home to some heavy industry, including steel factories and a nuclear facility on its outskirts, however, its inner core wants to be preserved as a priceless gem.