experts and archaeologists plan to dig out the relics of the
cobblestones on the historical street of Chahar-Bagh Abbasi in
Chahar-Bagh (Four Gardens) is one of the oldest and finest
streets in Iran, built during the Safavid dynasty and decked out
with fountains, trees, mansions and unique cobblestones.
the historical importance of the avenue in particular and the
city of Isfahan in general, we have a major plan to excavate
Chahar-Bagh Abbasi Street and dig out the relics left over from
the Safavid era (1501-1722),” said Mr. Khavari, cultural
heritage expert in Isfahan, about 400 km (250 m) south of
The subway officials in the city intend to have the route pass
under the street, but they are faced with a public outcry.
Chahar-Bagh Abbasi Street was built under the reign of Shah
Abbas the Graet (1587 - 1629).
Safavids, who came to power in 1501, were leaders of a militant
Sufi order. They traced their ancestry to Shaykh Safi ad Din
(died circa 1334), the founder of their order, who claimed
descent from Shiite Islam's Seventh Imam, Musa al Kazim. In
1501, under their leader Shah Ismail, the Safavids seized power
in Tabriz, which became their capital and later Qazvin and
The Safavid state reached its apogee during the reign of Shah
Abbas the Great. The shah gained breathing space to confront and
defeat the Uzbeks by signing a largely disadvantageous treaty
with the Ottomans. He then fought successful campaigns against
the Protégées and Ottomans, reestablishing Iranian control
over Khvarvaran (modern Iraq), Georgia, and Caucasus.