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“What a music room!”
Review of Aali Qapu Palace

Aali Qapu Palace
Ranked #8 of 73 things to do in Esfahan
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

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.

Thank travelling4ever
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This is a tiny former palace which is truly overpriced (entrance is 15 000T = 150 000 rials). The building has few rooms, they are all empty... It seems this palace has been a nice place hundreds years ago, but it is not prepared to be a museum at all. You are supposed to see Imam square from the balcony, but the whole balcony is under renovation and not accessible to visitors. Thus, you pay to see only couple rooms with stony walls... Well, only poetry room in the very top is nice, but I am not sure if it is worth to pay ~5EUR to see it.
If you are on budget or have no time, you definitely can skip it, because you won't see nothing inside.

1  Thank Ieva V
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

The view over the square is fantastic. The walls and ceiling in the music room at the top of the palace are beautiful. I have never seen any like them. There is an audio guide but it wasn't very good. The ticket is 100 000 rial.

1  Thank EzzOM
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

This is where Shah Abbas I invited his counterparts, ambassadors, governors, etc to the large balcony viewing the beauty of the capital city, flourishing economy of the bazaar, military might of the Persian army marching in front of the palace, etc.

The decoration of the music hall, top floor is astonishing. The view of the Imam Square is unparalleled. Just remember that going up means taking a lot of big steps and ascending from balcony to the music hall could be hard for those who don't have good knees. You will enjoy it even if you go half way to the balcony too.

The best time to visit is in the afternoon to take the best shot of the opposite dome, Sheikh Lotfollah's mosque.

1  Thank Rahman M
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

A walk with the ancient Persians, you cant help but get caught in the history and the beauty, relax and take in the atmosphere

2  Thank MelbourneDavidm
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