It is not known when exactly Isfahan was first established as a city, but, it is known that its origins go back more than fifteen hundred years. Over the centuries, this city has played many roles. It has always been a beautiful place in which to live and an important centre of commerce, and it was the capital of the old Persia for many years. Isfahan is known for its beautiful arts, from its world famous Persian rugs to handcrafts and other unique products.
Currently the second largest city (after Tehran) in Iran, it is located in the centre of the country. A river, Zayandeh Rood (life giving river), runs through the city. Summers are not too hot, and winters not very cold; above all, the weather is not humid. The total annual rain rarely exceeds five inches. Its many green trees and flower gardens, the beautiful and very long walkways along the Zayandeh Rood, and its many historic places attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from other Iranian cities as well as other countries every year.
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