The Role of Government in Shaping the Spatial Structure of Isfahan City during the Safavid period

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin, Iran

2 Department of Architecture, Faculty Architecture and Urban Planning, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


The spatial structure of cities has been one of the influential elements in the development of cities in different periods.In the cities of Iran,the spatial structure of cities is sometimes organic and during the lifetime of cities ,based on the requirements of the times,such as socio_social needs and their religious-religious ideology,and in many cases,this structure is based on programs and government plans of that period.Understanding the spatial structure of the city its relationship with the power and influence of power transformation on the spatial structure transformation can lead to better understanding of the factors affecting urban development,especially on the spatial structure of cities in Iran.In this article,the study of the city of Isfahan during various governorates,especially the Safavid government,has been attempted to assess the role of power in the physical organization of the city.Also,with descriptive approach and historical analysis ,based on written sources and field surveys,we seek to investigate the influence of governing power on the spatial structure of the city of Isfahan and its developmental trends during its capital city and its effects on the spatial structure of the city today.


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