Hasht behesht palace


Once the most luxuriously decorated in Esfahan, the interior of the small Hasht Behesht Palace has been extensively damaged over the years. However, it retains a seductive tranquillity, with the soaring wooden columns on its open-sided terrace seeming to mirror the trees in the surrounding park. Hasht Behesht, meaning ‘eight heavens’, was built in the 1660s. The interior boasts some impressive mosaics and stalactite mouldings and ceilings cut into a variety of shapes – similar to the music room in the Ali Qapu Palace.