The chehel sotoon (Forty Columns) palace is an even more striking example
of the refinement of the Safavid Kings' courts.It is a charming paviloin in the heart
of a park,at the far end of a long pool:it is supported by twenty wooden columns,
and since these are reflected in the water ,you have a palace with fourty coloumns!
Shah Abbas II and his successor recived there dignitaries and ambassadors, either
on the terrace on or in one of the state reception halls.
Like in Aali Qapu , the walls were coverd with frescoes and paintings . They
are damaged by old age,but are also being restored .They depict specific historical
scence such as a reception for an Uzbek king in 1646 when the palace had only just
been compeleted;a banquet in honour of the king of Turkestan in 1611;the battle of
Chalderan against the king of osmanlis in 1514 in which the persians fought with
fire-arms ;the welcome extended to a mongol king who took refuge in Iran in 1544;
the battle of Taher-Abad in 1510 where the Safavid king Shah Esmail vanquished
and killd the Uzbek king.
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