large reflecting pool on the eastern side and miniature
paintings of Safavid era artist Reza Abbasi are the
trademarks of the Chehel Sotun Palace, which was built by
Shah Abbas II (1642–66) as his personal entertainment
and reception center.
to initial studies, archaeologists surmise that there is
probably another pool on the western side of the palace,
which was filled due to the changes that took place during
the Qajar era (1794-1925),” team director Fariba Saeidi
excavation work is being conducted in line with a project
which aims to revive historical Iranian gardens,” she
Iranian gardens used a specific water circulation system,
which will be restarted with the unearthing of the second
pond. It is expected that we will find a pond smaller than
the eastern pool, because the eastern pool has been
expanded by construction projects carried out in preceding
years,” she explained.
name Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) was inspired by the fact
that the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the
entrance pavilion, together with their reflections in the
water of the pool, appear to be forty.
palace has also been decorated with many frescoes and
paintings on ceramic. A number of the ceramic panels have
been dispersed and are now in the possession of major
museums in the West. The artworks depict specific
Sotun Palace, Hasht Behesht Edifice, and the collection of
Naqsh-e Jahan Square were three of the main governmental
building complexes of the Safavid kings in Isfahan.