Abbasi Caravanserai was built during the reign of Shah Sultan Hussein, the last Safavid king who gifted it to his mother, believing that a gift as such to his mother had to be a building befitting her. for this reason, for a time it was named “Caravanserai of King’s Mother”. At the time, on the decision of the king’s mother, it was devoted to the purpose of Chaharbagh theological school to use the proceeds to maintain the school and pay for the living of the students. In fact, however, the ancient identity of the building is the outcome of a period of economic growth in the Safavid time. The economic prosperity attracted a large number of businessmen, merchants and caravanserai managers to Isfahan, then the capital. For this reason, construction of the caravanserai became a stable constituent of the architectural complex at the time.
Abbasi Caravanserai is the stablest unique memento in that it bears the greatest resemblance to the Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, bringing unequaled peace, the sort disturbed by the Afghan invasion of Isfahan in 1134 H.A., causing damage to the monument. Later when Zilusultan, the Qajar ruler in Isfahan, came to power, the building took on a military purpose with both floors and the huge court-yard lodging the cavalry and troops. Finally, in 1957, on the order of the government then in power, the building was converted to an international hotel. The change in function from an old caravanserai to a modern hotel was accomplished by the most demanding Isfahani artists thanks to an influx of tourists into Isfahan. Initially, the change drew some criticism. However, in 1966, nine years after the outset, a magnificent building adorned with Islamic Iranian architecture and emblazoned with a pure epitome of art emerged unveiling in the form of an invaluable, astounding and captivating museum. The outcome of the efforts of 150 skilled Isfahani artists still shine on the body of the building.
The modern image of the building owes it all to the efforts of Iran Insurance Company which stepped in to change the function at a time when pursuant to the express wording of a contract signed with the Department of Endowments, reconstruction and change in use constituted a violation of the most essential requirement, namely, preserving the historical identity and antiquity. Preserving the originality of the exterior and conversion of chambers to suitable accommodations were the most essential items incorporated in the contract. It was these two elements that saved the building architecture from destruction, leaving in place an unequaled monument referred to as “Nesf-e-Jahan”.
And today here stands the most ancient hotel on Chaharbagh Abbasi Avenue, Isfahan, Iran, Asia, where the occupants of multiple-starred hotels and luxurious skyscrapers stand astounded and dazzled with the peace and pulchritude of the hotel.
- Website: http://abbasihotel.ir/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 031-32226010-19
- Fax: 031-32226008
- Address: Esfahan St. Amadegah, international hotel Abbasi
- Conference room
- Toothbrush, toothpaste and soap
- Indoor swimming pool
- Traditional restaurant
- Traditional cafe
- Coffee shop