Qeysarie Gate is a historical entrance to the main bazaar of Isfahan and is considered as a part of the complex of Naqsh-e Jahan Square – the main attraction of Isfahan. Along with Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the gate is registered as UNESCO World Heritage Object and is a popular destination for tourists visiting Isfahan.
History of Qeysarie Gate
Qeysarie Gate was built between 1611 and 1629 and connected Naqsh-e Jahan Square with the old Bazaar of Isfahan. The construction was initiated by Shah Abbas and led by architect Shaykh Bahai. Naqshe Jahan and buildings around it were meant to symbolize the majesty of the new capital and all the components of the power, so Qeysarie Gate along with bazaar reflects the power of Isfahan merchants.
The gate originally had 3 floors, but the third one was destroyed. It connected newly built Naqsh-e Jahan Square and ancient bazaar and became a true decoration of the northern part of the square.
Qeysarie Bazaar, or the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan, dates back to the 11th century. It is one of the oldest and largest bazaars of the Middle East. The original bazaar was destroyed several times, and the modern structure (built in the 17th century) is considered to be the longest roofed market in the world. Two kilometers of vaulted streets link the old and the new city. The bazaar consists of different parts, but the main product here – carpets and traditional rugs.
Location of Qeysarie Gate
Qeysarie Gate stands in the northern part of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, which is located in the very center of Isfahan, surrounded by many other attractions. In the southern part of the square, there is a majestic Imam (Shah) Mosque located. In walking distance from the square, there are Shah Historical Bath, Chehel Sotoon Palace, and Hasht Behesht Palace. After 20 minutes’ walk, you will reach Si-o-Se Bridge.
Where to Stay near Qeysarie Gate
If you would like to stay next to Qeysarie Gate and Grand Bazaar, there is a lot of options to choose from. Probably, the closest hotel to the gate is 1-star Partikan Hotel. Also among budget options, there are 2-star Pars Hotel, 3-star Part Hotel, and Safavi Hotel. For more luxury stay check out 4-star Piroozy Hotel and the gem of Iranian hospitality – 5-star Abbasi Hotel, one of the oldest hotels of Iran.
Where to Eat near Qeysarie Gate
All the best restaurants in the city are located around Naqsh-e Jahan Square and, accordingly, not far from Qeysarie Gate. You can try traditional Persian cuisine in Azadegan café, which is considered to be one of the best cafes in Isfahan. Besides the original menu, you can find interest in the café’s interior. You also can have Iranian food in Bastani café, snacks in Roozegar café, or enjoy coffee with desserts in Coffee Left or Café 404.
When to Visit Qeysarie Gate
You can visit Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Qeysarie Gate at any hour. It is believed that the most beautiful sights are in the evening, just before sunset, when the sunlight caresses the domes of the mosques. If you want to visit Ali Qapu Palace, plan your visit between 9.00 and 18.30. Opening hours of the mosques are based on praying schedule and differ from season to season.
Qeysarie Gate Location
How To Get To Qeysarie Gate
If you are driving, there is a parking on Ostandari Street, next to the western wall of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, and on the eastern side of Shah Mosque.
You can take a walk from Hasht Behesht Palace and Chehel Sotoun Palace, Si-o-Se-Pol, Bazaar or Historical Bath - all of them are located within walking distance from each other.
If you are staying far from city center or coming from airport or bus station, the closest metro station is Takhti. It is located in 20 minutes walking from the gate.
If you want to use the bus to get to the gate, choose a bus passing one of those two stops - Central Library and Khorshid Hospital.
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