Our first full day in
Esfahan or Isfahan.
First we go across the river to the Armenian quarter and see the All Saviours’
or Vank Armenian Cathedral (Vank means monastery or convent in Armenian)
dedicated to St Joseph of Arimathea. After the Ottoman War of 1603-05 Armenian
immigrants settled here in search of a new life under the Safavid King Shah
Abbas I and established this Cathedral, one of the first churches in E
sfahan. Construction began
around 1606, and was completed with major alterations to design between 1655
|inside the Vank Cathedral|
The wall and ceiling paintings are fabulous, described well here
|Edict to protect rights of Armenian|
|Inside the Vank Cathedral|
|Christian Gospel written on parchment 1329|
A visit to a real Iranian coffee shop next was a great treat - especially as we all had a huge chocolate cake to share!
|drawing a miniature freehand|
|window display of camel bone miniatures|
We walk through the bazaar to lunch – at the Partikan Hotel - and this is very good indeed. They make a special dish for me, I think it is butternut squash in a sweet sour thick sauce with the usual salad but all very freshly prepared. The meat looked like haggis but was rated highly by the meat eaters – there is jelly, water melon and cream custard for a sweet finish to the meal. It is all very good with slick service and rated highly by us all.
|inside the Masjed-e Imam|
|inside the double dome of the Masjed-e Imam|
In a further courtyard behind the building we enjoy a question and answer session with a Mullah.
|opportunity for discussions with a Mullah|
|block printing in Esfahan|
|various traditional blocks for the printing |
At the Romano restaurant in the evening we enjoy the usual soup, followed by a very good, fresh and plentiful salad, and the main course was lion fish from the
Persian Gulf, with a
sesame chicken and prawns. It was beautifully presented, as was my veggie dish
which was moulded vegetables and very tasty. All good quality but huge
portions. The bread was very good, the service friendly. There was fruit to
finish – like a smooth skinned orange. We were not entirely sure what it was.