Chehel Sotoun – Isfahan
Chehel Sotoun in local Farsi language means forty columns. The Chehel Sotoun was one of the royal gardens during the Safavid era used for entertainment of royal guests. The main garden is about 67,000 square meters with the main building, the Shah Abbas I started construction of this building and it was completed by Shah Abbas II. Over time, the interior and exterior of the site have been extended and changed. This includes the Hall of Mirrors, the Hall of 16 Columns, two large rooms at the north and south side of the Hall of Mirrors, the porches of the king’s hall parties, the big water dock in front of the main residence hall. The decorations of Chehel Sotoun such as painting and mirror and tiling of walls and ceilings were added over time after the initial construction of the monument.
After Isfahan was selected as the capital of Shah Abbas I during the Safavid era, he employs Sheikh Baha’i as the urban architect to build a new city. Sheikh Baha’i was one of the top philosopher and scientist of his time and he was well respected by the royal family. As the result of Sheikh Baha’i new plan, a number of beautiful gardens and streets been set up in Isfahan.
Translated from makanbin.com.
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