Sunday, 22 April 2012

Iran: Grand Bazaar of Esfahan

Back in Imam Square, I was "promptly" rounded up by two young policemen who were each patrolling the area on a bicycle. I thought, "Not again...!!!", but was pleasantly surprised when one of them actually asked me, "Is there anything we can help you with?" Okay, so "pleasantly surprised" was quite an understatement, shocked was more like it, haha! ;-) In a pleasant way, of course :-)

I told him that I was going to the post office that is located in Imam Square. He showed me the direction and then decided to accompany me there. The post office was unfortunately closed. We chatted a bit. It turned out that the guy and his colleague are Tourist Police. Yes, sir, they have Tourist Police here in Esfahan.

After a bit more chat, the guy asked me if I would mind filling up a survey form for him. He smiled almost from ear to ear when he saw that I gave him full marks for friendliness and helpfulness. Well, it's the truth anyways :-)

Afterwards I followed a map given in my Lonely Planet to the main post office to send some postcards. It was quite a walk from Imam Square and I needed to venture to the other side of Esfahan city, in the area behind Masjid Sheikh Lotf Allah. After I was done at the post office, I headed back to Imam Square and onto Grand Bazaar to just have a look around inside. 

The bazaar was originally constructed in the 11th century but today's structure comes mostly from the 17th century, built during the Safavid Dynasty.

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Like the Grand Bazaar in Tehran, it caters mostly the locals and not tourists, which is the way it should be, and the way that I prefer. For that simple reason, it retains the charm and become a natural attraction in itself.

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The above are just some of the items that can be found in the bazaar. I was made to understand that the best silverwares and enameled copperwares in Iran come from Esfahan. I just love the very detailed work on the enameled copperwares. They remind me of the motifs that can be found on the many domes in Iran. Simply beautiful.

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  1. Hi- did you succumb to temptataion and buy anything? I love those plates too!

    1. Hi! I did buy some enameled copper plates but I got them in Shiraz, not in Esfahan Bazaar. Here I just bought a tablecloth from the place I wrote about in the next blog entry.

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