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Hasht Behesht Ceiling

Hasht Behesht Ceiling

Isfahan

Meaning “Eight Paradises” this is another of the Safavid royal palaces dating from 1660. The palace was perhaps the finest of all Safavid-era palaces but it was disfigured by later reigning dynasties. Today the entire building is under renovation and plaster has been carefully removed from the walls to reveal underneath the exceptionally fine friezework. The building is square with a central domed area under which an octagon creates four separate sets of rooms each decorated differently and separated by verandahs two of which had rectangular ornamental pools.

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