Sunday, 20 October, 2019

Hasht Behesht Isfahan

Hasht Behesht means 8 paradises in Farsi.

Built in the 1660s and once the most luxuriously decorated in Isfahan, the interior of the small Hasht Behesht Palace has been extensively damaged over the years. However, it retains a seductive tranquility that comes from its setting amid the tall trees of the surrounding garden. The Hasht Behesht blends perfectly into the garden, with the soaring wooden columns on its open-sided terrance seeming to mirror the trees in the surrounding park.

Built under Shah Sulaiman some twenty years after the Chihil Sutun, it is quite different in style from the earlier pavilion, although it exhibits the same concern for the interplay of interior and exterior spaces.

The inside boasts some impressive mosaics and stalactite mouldings, but the palace is famous for its garden setting and the ceiling cut into a variety of shapes.

Most of the building can be seen from outside.

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