The Chehel Sotoun (Forty Columns) #Palace
is a unique architectural #masterpieces
in the world located in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool, in Isfahan built by #Shah_Abbas
II to be used for the royal receptions.
The name, "Forty Columns," was inspired by the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion, which when reflected in the waters of the pool appear to be double.
The Palace, which was the epicenter of grandeur, elegance and color was badly damaged during the Afghan occupation of Isfahan, and is now a #museum
of #Persian #paintings
The paintings in the palace bring to life numerous landmark events in Persian #history
, notable among these are:
1514: The Battle of Chalderan against the #Ottoman
Sultan Selim II which was fought without firearms.
1544: Reception for the #Mughal
Emperor Humayun who sought refuge in Persia.
1611: A royal banquet in honor of Emir of #Bukhara
1739: Nader Sha's triumph over an #Indian