National Geographic : 1939 Sep
COURT AND BLUE-TILED DOME RECALL THE VANISHED GLORY OF ISFAHAN, ONCE "HALF THE WORLD" TO EVERY PERSIAN Modern landscape engineers have built a pool and planted shrubbery (left) where polo players once rode furiously. The game originated inIran. Restored isthe Mosque of Sheik Lutf Allah (right), built more than three centuries ago when this capital was new. Stunted sycamores and plane trees stand before thetwo-story arcades, with recessed arches, which flank the courtyard. Beyond the buildings stretch bazaars, where buyers may walk formore than three miles under cover.