Isfahan is the capital of Isfahan Province in Iran and is the third largest city of the country.
Isfahan is located on the main north–south and east–west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in 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. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Persian–Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb اصفهان نصف جهان or Esfahān nesf-e ǧahān (Isfahan is half of the world).
The twenty closest neighbours in the database:
Nain (Iran) (134 km), Meybod (Iran) (224 km), Yazd (Iran) (268 km), Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam (324 km), Tehran (Iran) (339 km), Shiraz (Iran) (348 km), Baku (Azerbaijan) (875 km), Dubai (United Arab Emirates (896 km), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) (948 km), Cairo (Egypt) (1,959 km), Temple of Dendera (1,975 km), Temples of Karnak (1,997 km), Temple of Luxor (1,999 km), Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (2,000 km), Temple of Edfu (2,017 km), Temple of Kom Ombo (2,041 km), Assuan (Egypt) (2,065 km), Temple of Philae (2,070 km), Temples of Kalabscha (2,101 km), Temples of Wadi es-Sebua (2,174 km)