Ali Qapu – Isfahan
The Ali Qapu is the largest palace located in Isfahan, Iran. It was one of the best palaces in its kind during the Safavid period. This building is essentially a mansion located in the west side of the Naghsh-e Jahan Square, and on the front side, it is facing the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. This building along with the other monuments in Naghsh-e Jahan are considered as the architectural masterpiece of the eleventh century AH (1591 CE – 1688 CE). The construction time of the Ali Qapu monument dates back to 1054 AH when Shah Abbas I was ruling in the Safavid Period.
The Ali Qapu was the central gateway and the entrance to all the palaces built during the Safavid period in the Naghsh-e Jahan Square. This Safavid monument consists of two words including Ali meaning Excellent, and Qapu meaning door, putting both together, it means “high gateway”.
The Ali Qapu monument consists of six stories with the height of 36 meters. For decades, this building has been the tallest mansion building in the city of Isfahan. This palace looks different from each angle which is due to the additions and architectural extensions on each side. To explain it better, the building from the front side appears as a two stories mansion while from the back side it shows itself as a five stories structure. On the other hand, if you look at it from the sides, it looks like a three stories building.
In general, the majestic Ali Qapu consists of two segments including the front or the entrance of the main mansion, and palace residence. The main entrance of the building is located in the front side of the building. The entrance has a curved arch and there are two smaller arches on the second floor on both sides.
The Ali Qapu monument is a beautifully constructed ceremonial building remained from Safavid era architecture.
Translated from: tabnakbato.ir & beytoote.com.
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