first phase of the grand museum of Naghsh-e Jahan
in the world-famous city of Isfahan, will be
inaugurated by mid next year.
The museum will be set up in the second-storey
rooms located around the Naghsh-e Jahan Square (Meydan
Shah), between the two historical mosques of the
city, the Mosque of Shah, and the Sheikh Lotf
Ollah, announced head of the Culture and Museums
Department of Isfahan, Ahmad Adib.
Restoration of the rooms is reaching an end and
after the type of the museum objects and their
decoration style are determined, the rooms will be
turned into the first part of the grand museum of
Isfahan, to be inaugurated by mid next year, Adib
Old rooms all around the historical square of
Naghsh-e Jahan have undergone restoration since
1996 so that they can be used for new purposes.
The second-storey rooms were previously used as
caravanserais and trade houses during the Safavid
and Qajar eras, but were desolated near the end of
Qajar dynasty and at the beginning of the Pahlavi,
gradually getting ruined.
The restoration team removed the debris, made
light the roof of the first storeys of the
buildings, then rebuilt the collapsed parts, and
now are busy restoring the decorations and
reinforcing different parts of the rooms.
Adib believes that since the museum will include
features such as traditional arts, items
representing natural attractions, and
archeological remains from all around the the
province of Isfahan, it is of great importance for
the proper introduction of the province to Iranian
and foreign tourists.
The title of the museum “Naghsh-e Jahan” is
taken from the name of the famous square where it
is to be set up. Naghsh-e Jahan Square was built
in a vast beautiful garden during the Safavids and
with the construction of great religious and
imperial buildings there by order of Shah Abbas
the Great and its development during the years, it
turned into one of the most important attractions
of the city called today “Half the world”.
Naghsh-e Jahan Square was inscribed on UNESCO’s
World Heritage List in 1978.