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Ali (Âli) Qapu puncheons to be Consolidated


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Islamic Period

 22 October 2003




The wooden puncheons of the Ali Qapu edifice in Isfahan will be restored and consolidated by the local cultural heritage department.

The columns are not so solid today and the visitors can feel them shake while mounting the old building’s steps.

Ali Qapu, called also Dolatkhaneh Palace, was built during the rule of Shah Abbas of Safavid, three centuries ago, and was used for hosting ambassadors and celebrities.

According to deputy head of the cultural heritage department of Isfahan for preservation and restoration Ali Reza Khoda Juy, due to the negligence over the years, the wooden pillars of the terrace are badly damaged and now the columns and the roof run the risk of being damaged.

The project consists of removing the columns of the terrace, consolidating and repairing them before putting them put them back in place; it involves removing the pillars, installing I-beams inside, and then repairing and reinstalling the wooden beams, explained Khoda Juy.

The project starts at the end of October and each puncheon will take two months to be restored.

Ali Qapu has six storeys, each of which is specially decorated.



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