Hasht Behesht Palace is better known as Eight Paradises and was the residence of the kings who reigned during Safavid period. Shah Suleiman was credited with the construction of this complex in 1669. In its original condition, the main palace was surrounded by a huge and beautiful garden and many more buildings which also came under the name of Hasht Behesht.
The garden and the other smaller buildings are no longer in existence but the main palace still stands proudly in Isfahan. When you visit Bagh-e-Bolbol (Nightingale’s Garden) while traveling in Iran, you can see this grand palace inside it.
You can also reach Hasht Behesht Palace when you travel north of Bazaarcheh-ye Boland (Bazaar-e Honar) or east of Chahar Bagh Avenue in Isfahan. This two-storied building has a unique architecture with interesting decorations. Marble slabs lavishly cover the structure along with many stalactite vault decorations and beautiful tile work.
The tiles are attractively designed with pictures of animals and can be seen on the outer side of the building. Among the many structural divisions inside the palace, you will find Shah Neshin (Royal Parlor), many rooms, a verandah and numerous iwans having gilded frescoes all over them.
Layout of the Structure
The Isfahan municipality has now built the Raja’i park surrounding Hasht Behesht Palace, which is popularly used as a promenade by the local people. When Shah Suleiman built this palace, he used a very different style from the previous pavilion built at Chehel Sotun twenty years before. This palace at Isfahan has two stories constructed around a central dome with four rooms at the four corners. These four rooms are octagonal in shape with huge pillars and they lead to spacious porches in the east, west and south directions with an iwan in the north.
There are inscriptions on the Hasht Behesht Palace which you can see while traveling in Iran. These writings suggest that the interior of the palace was originally covered with wall paintings and tiles which were later removed. However, you can still see some of the mirror mosaic work on the vault. There is also a fountain under the dome. The NOCHMI has taken the task of restoring the palace to its previous grandeur.
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