Zinat-ol-molook House – Shiraz
Zinat-ol Molk house is an impressive building in the historical city of Shiraz. This fantastic house that is covered with different paintings is a must-see when you visit Shiraz.
History of Zinat-ol Molk house Shiraz
Zinat-ol Molk house dates back to the Qajar dynasty in Iran. The house was built between 1911 – 1923 A.D. by “Ali Muhammad Khan Qavam Ol-Molk II. This beautiful mansion is close to “Narenjestan-e Qavam” (Qavam Ol-Molk’s quarters) and was used as a residence to “Zinat ol-Molk Qavami” Daughter of Qavam Ol-Molk. Zinat-ol Molk house is connected to “Narenjestan-e Qavam” via an underground passage.
The architecture of Zinat-ol Molk house Shiraz
The entrance door of Zinat-ol Molk house has exceptionally artistic wood carvings and upon entrance, a corridor leads to the yard. In the yard, in addition to stone carvings on the walls, two small gardens and a little and a large pool are visible.
Colourful arch mosaic work that is on the face of the building adds an incredible charm to it and includes the sun, 2 angels and a verse from the Quran. Except for the open porch on the eastern side of the yard, there are 20 rooms in the house that are interconnected. The ceilings in the rooms are mostly made of wood and are embellished with different drawings of animals, birds, and flowers.
The western wing of the building includes the main room adorned with mirrors and emblems with European decorations. In parts of this room and also in other places of the house, paintings of women and children are seen that is a mixture of Iranian and European arts. These paintings are inspired by European and at the same time maintained their classic Iranian style.
This building is designed in three angles and includes a massive basement that is used as a gallery today. Zinat-ol Molk house is the only house in Shiraz with a basement that has the same area of the house and is embellished with eye-catching brick art.
This part of Zinat-ol Molk house was used as storage for food and other items, and during the time of Zinat ol-Molk, this basement was a place to help the needy, the poor, and also a place of charity for women.
Zinat-ol Molk house Shiraz today
Zinat-ol Molk house was used as a place to shelter war refugees during the Iran-Iraq war. In 1994, the Iranian cultural heritage organisation restored and repaired the house and a year after, the basement was turned into a gallery to exhibit works of Iranian and Shirazi artists.
Years later, in 2003, the basement of Zinat ol-Molk house was turned into a museum of Fars province treasures. This museum encompasses statues and replicas of the nobles and great people of Shiraz from ancient times to the present.
How to visit Zinat-ol Molk house Shiraz?
When in Shiraz, walk down Lotf’ali Khan-e Zand street to arrive at “Gowd-e Araban” neighbourhood. In this neighbourhood, you will find Zinat ol-Molk house and “Narenjestan-e Qavam”.
Best time to visit this city and its breathtaking historical attractions, is spring, especially during May which is the season of orange blooms that seduce every visitor.
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