Numerous world famous travelers have visited Isfahan in the past, Frenchman Chardin travelled throughout Persia, including Isfahan. The Frenchman who spent the most time, and gained the most insight, into Persian life and customs was Jean Chardine (1643–1713), doing business with the elite of Persian society, and recording his observations of Persian life. “The Persians are the kindest people in the world; they have the most moving and engaging ways, the most complaisant temper, the smoothest and most flattering tongues, avoiding in their conversation stories or expressions which may occasion melancholy thoughts.” he wrote.
Another Iran and Isfahan enthusiast Professor Arthur Upham Pope (1881-1969), who is buried near Khaju Bridge on Zanyandeh rood River shore writes; ”Kahajou Bridge is the typical product of Iranian thoughts, which is useful and poetic”
Modern Isfahan, the third largest city in Iran produces fine carpets, textiles, steel, handicrafts, and particular sweet and traditional delightful foods. Isfahan also is the site of nuclear reactors as well as facilities for producing nuclear fuel. Isfahan host to one of the largest steel-producing facilities in the region, as well as alloys production facilities
The city has an international airport and is enjoying the first phase of its new Metro line.
Isfahan contains a major oil refinery and a large air force base. HESA, Iran's aircraft manufacturing plant (where the IrAn-140Ukrainian-Iranian aircraft is made), is located nearby. Isfahan is also attracting international investments in recent years, like investments in Isfahan City Center. Isfahan is one the Asian and Iran’s football center and home to two Iran premiership league, Sepahan and Zebeh Ahan. Recently, the newly constructed modern Neghshe-i-Jahan Olympic stadium facilities was inaugurated. The remaining Olympic complex is under construction.
Isfahan is twinned with 15 intercontinentally renowned cities around the world, including Barcelona, Spain; Florence , Italy; Freiburg , Germany; Baalbek , Lebanon; Dakar; Senegal, Havana, Cuba, Iaşi , Romania; Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia; Kuwait City , Kuwait; Lahore , Pakistan; Saint Petersburg , Russi; Xian , People's Republic , China, and Yerevan, Armenia; Kamandu, Nepal; Cario.