All you need to know about Aali Qapou Palace

History of Aali Qapu Isfahan Mansion

The building was started after the transfer of the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan by Shah Abbas between 973 and 977 solar years as the headquarters and government building of the Safavid monarchs. The palace was completed during the five stages of architecture and during the successors of Shah Abbas, especially Shah Abbas and Shah Suleiman, between 70 and 100 years. Even because of the inscriptions in Nastaliq during the reign of Shah Sultan Hussein, the last king of the Safavids, third-class decorations have been added or refurbished. In fact, the entrance door of the Safavid government in Isfahan was simple in form and was gradually added to it during the reign of Shah Abbas, and during the reign of Shah Abbas, The pillared yard was added. The building is located on the western side of the Naghsh-e-Jahan and opposite the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque.

Architecture of Aali Qapu of Isfahan

The building was originally built during the reign of Shah Abbas and during the period of his successors, extensions and repairs were carried out. The building has 5 floors, each floor has its own decoration. Although the palace was heavily damaged in the post-Safavid period, it still draws admirers of the decorations and paintings of the Safavid era. Aali Qapo is a combination of the words "excellent" which together mean "tall door" or "high door". From here we reach the palace, all of which is made of crushed stone and reach the upper floors by a staircase on both sides. On the ground floor there are two halls, at which time the office was devoted to office and bishopric, called the headquarters or chapel. On the third floor, there is a large porch with 18 tall, high columns. The columns were covered with mirrors at that time, and a large ceiling was decorated with large plates decorated with paintings and pens. In the middle of this porch there is a beautiful pool of marble and copper, mirrored in the decorations beneath the roof. It is one of the annexes of the palace built during the reign of Shah Abbas. Behind this porch is a large hall with many rooms and arches with beautiful paintings on its walls.

Entrance & Doors

The Aali Qapu Palace has a marble threshold that plays a major role in the King's reverence and glory, and passers-by who want to come to the king's service fall to the ground and kiss the threshold, so they try to keep their shoes on the threshold or else their guard. The palace had five entrances, the most prominent of which was Aali Qapu, overlooking the Imam Square.

Interior and exterior decoration of the building

Exterior decorations by bricks in lacquered tiles with seven colors and ornaments and Islamic lines and interior decorations by beautiful motifs of flowers, bushes, hunting and animals and birds on plaster or Iranian and foreign image miniatures.

Palace stairs

The palace now has three staircases, including two mirrored staircases on the west side of the building and a staircase known as royal staircases. It leads to the top floor with 94 steps. The visitor can also get tired of it on any floor and stop on the balconies to the west of each floor of the palace and climb again.

The six floors of the Aali Qapo Palace

Aali Qapo Building, about 48 meters high, has been the tallest multi-storey palace in the city of Isfahan for decades. Because of the additions and additions of architecture, each side has a different appearance, so that the front of the Naghsh-e-Jahan square is a two-storey building behind a five-storey building, on the other, a three-storey building, with the ground floor as the first floor, on the whole, six floors.

Five stages of construction

Step One: The construction of the building is only as an entrance to other buildings and collections of the royal palaces. Step Two: At this stage, the need to expand the building and add the upper floors was due to the expansion of the capital and the increase in the urban population and the importance of making the headquarters more important. For this purpose, the third, fourth and half floors of the fifth floor were added. Step Three: Complete the palace-shaped tower building by adding the last floor (known as the Music Hall). Step Four: In the next step, add a veranda to the Naghsh-e-Jahan Square to increase the length of the palace. Step Five: Add 18 columns to the porch with the space created in the previous step, plus create royal stairs and build and complete a water supply system to transfer water to the floors, especially the Copper Basin.

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Isfahan, Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Opening Hours

09:00 - 17:00

Attraction Type

Cultural & Historical Museum

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