|Qajar Period |
QAJAR AND DARK PERIOD IN ISFAHAN
Karim Khan Zand moved the capital to Shiraz and during Qajar dynasty Tehran was the capital of Iran. During Qajar the Fathali Shah the oldest son Zel- al Sultan, was appointed as rulers and governors of Isfahan. The city experienced its darkest period during Zel - al Sultan. This crazy governor sold everything and increased taxes which were unbearable for peaple. Magnificent monuments were destroyed. No attention was paid to art and architecture. The sun of development and prosperity was set during Qajar dynasty.
A great part of Isfahan population migrated to Tehran and other cities. During Pahlavi dynasty principal historic buildings were restored. The great mistakes were made in urban planning. Construction of new streets highly damaged historic axes of Isfahan. So, many of historic buildings, especially old houses and textures were ruined in order to create new streets. The old axe and texture of Isfahan was seriously damaged in the historic city, not only by the government, but also people of Isfahan. Many of educated people in foreign countries were highly influenced by western and architecture which was not appropriate for Isfahan. Construction of new houses and buildings in the centre of old city deeply infected old characteristics.