Ali Kapu Palace
Iran, Shatlyk town

Ali Kapu Palace is a massive rectangular structure 42 meters high with six floors and a wide terrace in the facade, the ceiling of which is supported by wooden pillars. Initially, the palace was much smaller, it was conceived and was built as a portal between the palace gardens and the square. Increasing gradually over the course of 70 years due to additional extensions, he began to perform palace functions. Ali Kapu is rich in naturalistic paintings by Reza Abbassi, the court artist Shah Abbas I. Of all the floors, the sixth is the most interesting. It was on the sixth floor that royal receptions and banquets were held, so the largest halls are located here. Decorative frescoes of banquet rooms abound with images of various feasts. This floor is called the popular name of that time - "music room", various ensembles performed their music here and sang songs for the king. From the upper gallery, the Safavid monarch could watch the polo game, maneuvers and horse races taking place on Naksh-e Jahan Square.

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