> 14. Iran

« Back to 14. Iran

Chehel Sotun ceiling

Chehel Sotun ceiling


One of only four Safavid palaces left in Isfahan - there were originally sixteen - the “Forty Columns” of its name refers to the twenty-columned portico which reflected in the pool in front gives the illusion of forty columns. The vaulted ceiling has been restored to its original rich geometric and floral design which had been plastered over in19th century restoration work. In the throne room, which has also been largely restored to its original, are four large paintings depicting battles and lavish receptions at court.