The most beautiful, breathtaking public square in the world.
The great square in Isfahan is 160 meters wide by 560 meters long. It is lined with shops, cafes, and in the north, a great Shah Mosque, which is one of the great buildings in the world. On the north side is Luftallah Mosque, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The south side has an entrance to the bazaar. It is a wonderful site and the finest square in the world. In my view, to see the sunset looking towards the north and the Shah Mosque is one of the finest sites in the world
It is the central square of Isfahan, a city of a million people. There are merchants, cafes and shops.
It is clean. Men and women both use the square in equal measure. You can find a place to sit. The first impression is of awe and wonderment.
All age groups use the square. All activities take place, and it is enjoyable to see the children playing.
The mood of the people is welcoming and friendly. The square is used both by groups and by individuals. Yes, there is local pride by the people. It is seen as the meeting place of the city. Mostly locals go there, as tourists are rarely in the area.
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.
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