Isfahan is a historical city in the center of Iran's plateau. Some of its old names are Jay, Judea, Safahan, Sepahan, Sepang, Gabian and Spadana. Isfahan has been selected several times in history as the capital of Iran. The city boomed in the Safavid era in the 16th century. During the reign of Shah Abbas I, Isfahan has been superior to all the cities of the Middle East. The city has numerous Persian–Islamic architectural monuments, even today; it also has the glory of the past. Iranians have nicknamed the city as half of the world. Naghsh-e Jahan Square in this city is one of the largest squares in the world. The square is registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Diversity of religious in this city is obvious. Followers of Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity have lived peacefully together. In terms of tourism it is one of the most attractive cities in Iran. Isfahan has a semi-desert climate and hot summers. Long-length bridges have been built on the city's central river. Of course, today due to drought there is no water in the Zayandeh River. For Isfahan has established sister-ship cooperation with lots of cities such as Florence, Freiburg, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Havana, Xi'an, Kuala Lumpur, Yerevan , Yash and some other cities.
The main attractions of Isfahan include: Imam Square (Naqsh-e Jahan) combine of; Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu palace. The Chehel Sutun (Forty Columns) Palace, Hasht Behesht Palace, Chahar Bagh Boulevard, Si-o-se Pol (Allah Verdi Khan Bridge), Khaju Bridge (Shahi Bridge), Vank Cathedral, Manar Jonban (The Swinging Minaret), Atashgah (Fire Temple), Old Qaisarieh Bazaar.