Chehel Sotoun Palace
Isfahan has a world reputation for being an artistic and historical city. One of its most visited attractions is Chehel Sotoun Palace. The meaning of its name is a palace with 40 columns. There is a pool, veranda, and several halls. Its magnificent architecture leaves everyone in wonder and appreciation. It is also listed as a site on UNESCO Cultural Heritage list.
Chehel Sotoun is a mansion in the heart of a garden constructed by Shah Abbas II for receptions and amusements. Ambassadors and dignitaries from other countries were received in here by the Safavid King of Iran inside its reception halls. The twenty slender columns out of wood which support the entrance mansion whose shadows are reflected inside the water and seem to make up the sum of Forty Columns. This palace embraces many paintings, frescoes and ceramic panels depicting historical scenes such as the Battle of Chaldiran, the reception of Uzbek King right after the completion of the palace and so on. There are also pictures of celebrations of joy and love in traditional Persian miniature styles. This attraction is one of the 9 Persian Gardens which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The delicately decorated walls of this palace with gorgeous murals and paintings are astonishingly beautiful. Try to spend some time visiting this fabulous attraction during your Iran tour.