Chehel Sotun palace is one of the most prominent and distinguished historical tourist attractions of Isfahan which will assuredly enchant the visitors with the glamour of its stunning architecture and and marvelous design. This landmark used to be an imperial headquarter and a rendezvous point for the meeting of representatives and foreign ambassadors in the olden days.
It’s miraculously rare to have a chance to visit a place where once upon a time, various kings and emperors walked upon and took care of governmental issues of the country. The Chehel Sotun palace artistically demonstrates a unique and perfectly splendid illustration of the superb Iranian art at its finest. The garden of Chehel Sotun is a extraordinary instance of the well-known Iranian gardens that are registered in the UNESCO world heritage list.
The Chehel Sotun palace itself is only consisted of 20 columns but the reflection of the columns in the lucid water is the key reason for calling it Chehel Sotun meaning 40 columns. Gazing into the transcendent reflection of the skyscrapping columns of the Chehel Sotun in the crystalline pond of its garden while drowning in the lush and breezy atmosphere is an offer that you cannot miss during your journey in Isfahan.
If you’re an art aficionado or a miniature enthusiast or even slightly interested in mirror work, by any chance, then you’ve chosen to the perfect place. Ashraf hall also known as the main hall is one of the most fundamental sections of the Chehel Sotun palace which is filled with picturesque and astounding paintings. You’ll notice six oil paintings in the Ashraf hall that each represent a reminiscence of a part of the history including the banquet of the Shah Abbas AKA Abbas the great, the battle of Chaldiran, Shah Tahmasp AKA Tahmasp the first hosting the King of India, battle of Nader Shah against India, battle of Shah Ismail and AKA Ismail the first and Shah Abbas hosting the eminent Vali Muhammad Khan and all in one illustrate Isfahan’s art. In addition to the paintings, you can also find pictures of the royal ceremonies of the kings and foreign ambassadors.
The garden’s width is more than 67 thousand Square meters and the palace is placed within it which is approximately 2 thousand Square meters wide. The garden of Chehel Sotun is only one of the 9 Persian Gardens that have been registered as a UNESCO historical legacy.
It’s notable that in October of the 1949, a mesmerizing museum was added to this complex.The Chehel Sotun museum displays calligraphy masterpieces and historical transcripts, decorative dishes and artworks in fields of fine arts such as carpets, rugs, pottery works, chinaware and so on. The museum unique objects and ancient relics include:
- Pottery and tile work collections
- Vitreous glassware collections
- Coin collections from the prehistoric period until the contemporary era
- Ancient relic collections from the historic era Islamic period
- Safavid remnant and ancient objects collections such as Kufi Quran calligraphies and marriage certificates
- Petroglyphic and historical inscriptions collections
- Exceptional collections of unique handmade carpets