Chahar Bagh Avenue (Isfahan)


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Chaharbagh Avenue
Built in 1597 AD in the reign of Shah Abbas I and lined on both sides with Safavid royal palaces such as the Abbas Abad, Jahan Nama (a circular building), Setareh, Nastaran, etc, once it was one of the most beautiful streets in the world. Nowadays, all palaces with the exception of Hasht Behesht Palace from the period of Shah Suleiman, have been replaced by modem shops and residential buildings. It is 5 km long and 47 m wide, and divided into the following three sections: I) Chahar Bagh-e Bala (Upper Chahar Bagh), from Azadi Square (Darvazeh Shiraz) to Sio Seh Pol (Allahverdi Khan Bridge), 2,200 m; 2) Chahar Bagh-e Abbasi, from Sio Sel'1 Pol to Imam Hossein Square (Darvazeh Dowlat), 1,400 m; 3) and Chahar Bagh-e Pa 'in, from Imam Hossein Square to Shohada Square, 1,500 m.
Literally, the name Chahar Bagh means Four Gardens. The reason is that originally there were four gardens each with two buildings on both sides of the avenue. The area of the gardens varied from 40,000 to 80,000 square meters. Additionally, four rows of tall plane trees had been planted along the avenue and on both sides of the central stone paved promenade decorated with waterfalls and flower beds. Chahar Bagh Avenue is the only street running north-to-south and dividing the town into roughly two equal areas to the east and west. It leads to Tehran Highway on the north and Shiraz Road on the south, through New Jolfa.


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