Excavations at the Jahānnamā complex: urban archaeology at Isfahan, Iran

Ali Shojaee Esfahani, Ali Aarab, Elham Abdolmohammad Arab, Shadi Kalantar, Zeinab Hadi & Fatemeh Hashemi

Abstract

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Isfahan in central Iran was selected as a capital city by both the Seljuk (AD 1040–1157) and the Safavid (AD 1501–1722) dynasties. During the Safavid period, and under Shah Abbas I (AD 1571–1629) in particular, the city was greatly expanded with important new quarters including Naqsh-e Jahan Square (AD 1590–1595). Running north to south, a new avenue or boulevard called the Charbagh (Ḵiyābān-e Čahārbāğ) was also constructed (AD 1595–1596), serving as both a leisure or tourist attraction outside the city walls, and to connect some of the new capital's institutions.


Authors

  • Ali Shojaee Esfahani
    Visual and Fine Arts School, Art University of Isfahan, Hakimnezami Street, Isfahan P.O. Box 1744, Iran
  • Ali Aarab
    Visual and Fine Arts School, Art University of Isfahan, Hakimnezami Street, Isfahan P.O. Box 1744, Iran (Email: ali1371sk [at] yahoo.com)
  • Elham Abdolmohammad Arab
    Independent researcher (Email: e.arab2014 [at] gmail.com)
  • Shadi Kalantar
    Visual and Fine Arts School, Art University of Isfahan, Hakimnezami Street, Isfahan P.O. Box 1744, Iran (Email: shadi.kalantar [at] yahoo.com)
  • Zeinab Hadi
    Visual and Fine Arts School, Art University of Isfahan, Hakimnezami Street, Isfahan P.O. Box 1744, Iran (Email: zeinab.hadi92 [at] yahoo.com)
  • Fatemeh Hashemi
    Department of Archaeology, University of Isfahan, Hakimnezami Street, Isfahan P.O. Box 1744, Iran (Email: hashemi.f1990 [at] gmail.com)
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