Ali Qapu Palace, Isfahan, Iran

by Oliver Chan July. 06, 2021 100 views

Ali Qapu Palace is an imperial palace in Isfahan, Iran. It is located on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, opposite to Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and had been originally designed as a vast portal entrance to the grand palace which stretched from the Naqsh-e Jahan Square to the Chahar Baq Boulevard.

The palace served as the official residence of Persian Emperors of the Safavid dynasty. UNESCO inscribed the Palace and the Square as a World Heritage site due to its cultural and historical importance.

Ali Qapu is regarded as the best example of Safavid architecture and a symbol of Iran's Islamic heritage.

The top floor is the Music Room where musicians and the chorus used to gather for entertaining the king. The stucco decoration of the banquet hall abounds in motif of various vessels and cups.

Music Room

Music Room

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