The Palace is well worth a visit. It was described to me as Iran’s first ever skyscraper … no, not in Tehran – we are still here in Immam Sq, Esfahan - in its day apparently the Ali Qapu Palace was the highest building around.
There was considerable vandalism after the revolution (1979), particularly of the two lower floors … which is rather sad.
The steps are twice the size of our standard rise in Australia but keep going to the third floor to see the 28 m long and 16 m wide verandah – you have the most magnificent view across the square looking over to the Mosque - uyou also have, on the third floor of this 17 C building, a pool made from copper and a fountain – the water being brought up by use of 17th C hydraulics!!!
You also must visit the music room (on the top floor) (note: the musicians’ room – that is where they PLAYED the music is on the ground floor) - learn how the music was transmitted from the ground floor to the top floor so that the Shah could listen to the music in peace and with - what was described as - exceptional sound quality.
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