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Discovery of Safavid Garden in Northern Iran

 

 

 

29 August 2003


A private unknown garden from the Safavid era has surfaced in the historical Abbas Abad site near Behshahr in northern Iran, after three seasons of archeological explorations.

Head of the Behshahr historical gardens said the third season of explorations started last winter, uncovering a private garden and some residential homes from the Safavid era. Abdolvahab Mousavi nted the historical Abbas Abad gardens were among the most famous from the Safavid era.

“The rooftop is covered with colorful porcelains, glazed in blue, turquoise and green. There are a number of pools and stone walls in the site,” Mousavi remarked.

He added the architecture used in the building led experts to believe it had been the private palace of the Safavid kings.

Another expert Ali Qolipour noted the historical Abbas Abad compound was built around 1622 on orders from Shah Abbas of Safavid. It has remained largely intact after some 400 years with its gardens, palaces and buildings.

The major finds made at the compound include remains of a palace in the northern wing, a bathhouse and stone covered yard.

The 10-hectare historical Abbas Abad compound is located 9 kms southeast of Behshahr atop Alburz mountains among lush forests.

 

 

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