Charminar in Isfahan, Bukharan and Hyderabad

Do you know about the Iranian town Isfahan’s monuments?

Persians call Isfahan Nesf-e Jahan, or “Isfahan is half the world.”

It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history.

Naqsh-e Jahan Square (also Imam Square, or Shah Square) and one of the largest city squares in the world.
Isfahan, the Iran’s hidden jewel is the most beautiful city in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Well, it is interesting to know that there are commonalities between Hyderabad and Isfahan city in terms of as historical, heritage, culture and Islamic architecture.

The creator of Hyderabad and the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty King Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah though never quite visited Iran but was so enthralled and inspired by Isfahan city’s monuments that he decided to build it’s sister city in India.

This is how the idea of the design of Hyderabad, particularly Charminar, was born.

It is believed that Charminar, described as the symbol of Hyderabad across the world was surrounded by gardens on all sides, then known as Charbagh.

In fact, the topography of monumental Charminar itself owes its origin to ‘Char Bagh’ in Isfahan and the Charkaman’s were served as each of the gates for entry to Charminar.

Photogenic little Char Minar or ‘four minarets’ mosque in Bukharan is more Indian in style than in Uzbekistan.

The long-gone mausoleum Char Minar built in 1807 and become one of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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