17 - 18 October 2013 ---- organised by ----
  • JSC Russian Railways (RZD)
  • International Union of Railways (UIC)
Under the High Patronage of the European Investment Bank (EIB)

Technical visit: Isfahan

  • Isfahan, Iran’s top tourist destination, with many tourist attractions
  • Isfahan, a historical city with awesome monuments, buildings, architecture
  • Isfahan, a Museum Where People Live
  • Isfahan is like a piece of jewelry among the cities of Iran.


With its old history and numerous monuments, Isfahan is an exemplary city in the world. According to the French author, Andre Malraux, only Florence and Peking are comparable to Isfahan. The historical monuments of Isfahan comprise a collection of the finest examples of the various styles of Persian architecture developed throughout a period of thousand years and more. The quality and quantity of these works of art are great and they are masterpieces of the post- Islamic Iranian architecture. Among the historical attractions of Isfahan various types of domes, tile works, plasterworks, frescos, wall paintings and calligraphies can be named.

In order that the UIC nextstation 2019 participants leave Iran with good memories, enjoy more their trip to Iran and get more familiar with the old history and civilization of Iran, RAI is going to arrange Isfahan city tour for free for the participants.

  • All the participants interested in technical visit of Isfahan, should announce their intention to go to Isfahan in the registration form of the conference.
  • A charter flight will leave Tehran to Isfahan on the evening of 12th November.

  • The participants of technical visit will stay in the beautiful Abbasi Hotel of Isfahan, the oldest Hotel in Iran, Asia, 400 years old.(http://www.abbasihotel.ir/en), on 12th November.
  • The participants will pay in cash for the hotel or they may have online reservation on the hotel website.
  • The Participants will return to Tehran by
    flight on the evening of 13th November.
  • It is recommended the participants may reserve their flights back to their destination in the early morning of 14th
    November; otherwise please ask RAI for more coordination and information (ali.abdlhi@gmail.com)

Hereunder are some places which planed for visiting and sightseeing during
Technical Visit in Isfahan on 13th November:

1- Isfahan Railway Station

Isfahan Railway Station enjoys Iranian design and architecture style in its building. Due to its privilege touristic and historical status in the country as well as its industrial and commercial stance in the country, some development plans are performed in this station and the first High-Speed line of the country, i.e. Tehran-Isfahan High speed line is under construction.

2- Naghsh’e Jahan Square

Historical square of Naqsh-e Jahan is one of the largest, most beautiful and magnificent squares in the world established in a garden named Jahan- Nama in a rectangle-shaped place commissioned by Shah Abbas I.
This square is the second large square in Isfahani architectural style.
Four remarkable architectural monuments placed here: Imam historical mosque in the south, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (in the east, Āali Qāpu palace in the west and Qeysarie gate in the north.

3- Aali Qapu palace

Aali Qapu, which literally translates to the Supreme Gate, was founded, in 16th century, under the order of Safavid Shah Abbas I.

The impressive entranceway was no doubt intended to symbolize the strength and authority of the Safavid monarchs. It is forty-eight meters high and there are seven floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase. In the sixth floor, music room, deep circular niches are found in the walls, having not only aesthetic value, but also acoustic.

4- Chehel Sotoun Palace

Chehel Sotoun (literally translated: Forty Columns) is a palace in the middle of 67000 square-meter garden of Jahan-e Nama at the far end of a long pool, in Isfahan. The palace was built by the order of by Shah Abbas II as his leisure the palace was specially used for to receive high ranking guests like Iranian and foreign politicians.
You can see 20 beautiful slender columns plus 20 columns reflected in the water of the fountain in the middle of a well maintained garden which is registered as one of the World Heritage Persian Gardens. The elegant palace of the 40 columns has superb fresco’s and mural paintings on ceramic.

5- Si-o-se-pol (thirty-three bridge)

Allāhverdi Khan Bridge, popularly known as Si-o-seh pol, “The Bridge of thirty- three spans”, is the largest of the eleven historical bridges on the Zayanderud, the largest river of the Iranian Plateau, in Isfahan, Iran.

The bridge was built in the early 17th century to serve as both a bridge and a dam. The bridge has a total length of 297.76 metres (976.9 ft.) and a total width of 14.75 metres (48.4 ft.). It is a vaulted arch bridge consisting of two superimposed rows of 33 arches, from whence its popular name of Si-o-se-pol comes, and is made of tone.

Isfahan: A World of Art

Isfahan is called the city of Iranian handicraft and traditional arts. These works of art comprise a major portion of Iran’s exports. The contemporary traditional arts and handicrafts of Isfahan are in fact a continuance of the Safavid Art pursued by the modern Iran craftsmen.
Carpet weaving, engraving, miniature painting, Moarragh, tile art, brocade,
calico work and enamelwork are among the most prominent works of art in
The participants will visit Bazaar, a permanently enclosed marketplace of Isfahan in Imam SQ., where they can buy a lot of nice and unique souvenirs from