Sunday, 12 October 2014

The 8 day cultural trip to Iran - "Iranian Treasures" - (Day 5 morning cont.) - Isfahan, Chehel Sotun Palace - The 20th of September 2014

After having finished our visit to Hasht Behesht palace we headed for another, this time on foot across the rather busy streets of Isfahan following a guardian who was supposed to guide us along the way to Chehel Sotun Palace, where we would be meeting Massoud.

Ostad Ali Akbar, Isfahan 17th century master of architecture. 

Along the fences of the Natural History Museum, next to Chehel Sotun on Ostandari street there were quite a few verses of the Q'uran, which I found quite interesting. The main entrance to the gardens that surround the palace hid the absolute beauty of what we set our eyes the moment we walked through it.  An algae- rich pond that reflects the 20 columns of the palace's portico behind the name of the palace (Chehel Sotun standing for 40 columns) gave the whole ensemble a poetical setting.

Acknowledged as having been where the Safavid rulers received foreign envoys and where Shah Soleyman is said to have been invested some twenty years after its construction the palace stood there as if in a humble type of attitude. The 16 metre high columns, once painted and gilded, didn't display the beauty of the past  but had a certain touch of beauty particularly if one looked at the ceiling they support.  


The Mirror's hall located at the entrance of the main Hall of the Palace was rather impressive. Its name is connected to the multiple mirror work which includes full mirrors and small coloured ones in different geometrical shapes.


(To be continued)


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