The magnificent UNESCO-listed Naqsh-e Jahan Square (literally meaning ‘pattern of the world’) is one of the world’s largest city squares. It is said to be the first chogan (polo) field in the world. Polo was a royal sport in Persia before it spread through the world. The goal posts once used in polo games can still be seen at the two ends of the square.
The magnificent square is indebted to Shah Abbas the Great for all its glory. The square’s design makes it a perfect setting for the splendid Royal Mosque (Masjed-e Shah), the splendid Ali Qapu Palace, the sumptuous Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah) and the marvelous Qeysarie bazaar.
If you are planning a visit in summer, you will see kids enjoying splashing in the fountain pools (built during the Pahlavi period) and evening family gatherings at the square. Before leaving, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance for a leisurely ride around the square by carriages.