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Photos: Historic Monuments, Water, and Isfahan Residents

Photos by Alieh Saadatpour, Mehr News Agency

One of the favorite pastimes of  of the residents of Isfahan is spending time by the many historic monuments such as Sio-seh-pol bridge and Naghsh Jahan square.  Some even seek relief from the summer heat by bowing to their temptations and enjoying the Zayandeh Rud river or the big pool of water at Naghsh Jahan.


Isfahan, located about 340 km south of Tehran, is the capital of Isfahan Province and Iran's third largest city (after Tehran and Mashhad). Isfahan City had a population of 1,583,609 and the Isfahan metropolitan area had a population of 3,430,353 in the 2006 Census, the second most populous metropolitan area in Iran after Tehran.

Zayandeh Rud (life giver river) is the largest river on the central plateau of Iran, Isfahan Province. The Zayandeh starts in the Zagros Mountains and flows 400 kilometres (200 mi) eastward before ending in the Gavkhouni swamp, a seasonal salt lake, southeast of Esfahan city.  The Zayandeh Rud is spanned by many historical Safavid era bridges, and flows through many parks. Zayandeh Rud normally has significant flow all year long, unlike many of Iran's rivers which are seasonal. But this year the severe draught caused the river to completely dry up (see report). The water started flowing into the river recently bringing the life back to it!

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