Hasht-Behesht Palace in Isfahan
- ThemeHistory and Culture
- Duration1 hr(s)
Walking through the charming park and visiting the royal 17th-century pavilion of Hasht-Behesht in the middle of the park.
- Spring9:00 -16:00 *
- Summer9:00 -16:00
- Autumn9:00 -16:00 *
- Winter9:00 -16:00
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Photos of the Hasht-Behesht Palace
Explore the Hasht-Behesht Palace
Hasht Behest Palace is located in the Shahid Rajayi Park. Mohammad-Ali Rajayi was the second president of Iran, assassinated in a terrorist bombing soon after the revolution, and now the park is named after him. Nowadays, Shahid Rajayi Park is full of hustle and bustle: people come and go, retired men sit and talk about their good old days, families gather to have small picnics and their children play and yell, adding to the merry ambiance of the park. But, when Shah Suleiman ordered the construction of Hasht-Behesht Palace in 1669, the world was of a different color: ordinary people didn’t dare to get close to the Bolbol (nightingale) garden, in which the Hasht Behesht palace was going to be built.
You can find the palace easily. Look for the largest pond in the park, and when you are there, it is time to visit the Hasht Behesht palace. Literally, Hasht-Behesht means eight paradises, and everything in this palace is designed based on the number eight: the palace, its central pond and the bricks covering the floor are all octagonal. The pavilion was mainly used as the resting palace of the king and provided a silent corner for his royal feasts. Passing the entrance on the eastern side, you will enter the main hall, surrounded by double rooms decorated with frescoes. In addition, the hall includes four porticoes (Ayvans), each one overlooking a fantastic view of the garden, and letting in the needed light and air to turn a building into a residence. Also, fireplaces abound in this building, for the obvious reason of keeping away the cold days of winter. And, two very interesting ponds, in addition to the central pond, decorate the northern and southern sides of the palace. One of these ponds is called Morvarid (the pearl) and the other Ab-sahr (the waterfall), following the manner in which water enters them. The existence of pools shows the intelligent utilization of water, as the main element of the garden, which now boasts itself in the pavilion: the combination of water and mirror work does not fail to create a heavenly atmosphere.
The outer space of the palace is covered with tiles, housing interesting paintings. Some of the paintings narrate old stories and fables, some of them contain epic and national symbols, and some others depict scenes of hunting and mythic creatures, for example, the phoenix. The European travelers in the Safavid era found this palace more fascinating than its equals in Europe.
The best time to visit this palace is before sunset but if you want to have good pictures it’s better to visit in the morning.
- Breakfast in Radio Cafe5 €
- Coffee in Radio Cafe3 €
- Beryani in Shad Restaurant4 €
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