Isfahan Historical Sites

Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو  Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو

Aali Qapu Palace

عمارت عالی قاپو


Aali Qapu 1 Palace has been built by order of Shah Abbas I in the early of 17th century. This palace has five floors that each floor has its own decorations. Some parts have been added to the main building in Shah Abbas II era.

Qapu or Qapi means door, doorway and entrance in Turkish language and Aali means glorious, grand and valuable.

The exterior decoration applied by bricks and painted tile and arabesque traceries on the pendentive (the crescent parts above each entrance); the interior decoration applied by beautiful paintings of foliage, hunting ground, animals and birds on the plaster (Layeh chini 2 and Koshteh Bori3 ) or Iran (by style of Reza Abbasi paintings) and foreign (by European painters such as Angel Wolvcar) picture miniatures.

Aali Qapu building has been the highest multi-story palace by the height of about 36 meters to the floor of the bazaar (market) in Esfahan in recent decades. This construction has various views from every side due to architectural additions so that front view of the construction from Naghsh-e-Jahan square is 2 floors, back view of the construction is 5 floors, the two sides of the construction is 3 floors and totally it is 6 floors by including of the ground floor as the first floor.

In addition to well known miniature works of Reza Abbasi in Safavid era, the stucco of the last floor which its name is “Music Room” or “Sound Room” has been put Aali Qapu among the magnificent and valuable heritages. There are various types of cup forms on the wall. Except representation of beauty and creativity of plasterer artists, the goal of making these hollow forms was because of muffling the music echoes which musicians and music masters executed and the sounds to be heard naturally and without echo.

This palace is also well known to the names of Dolatkhaneh Mobarakeh Naghsh-e-Jahan and Ghasr-e-Dolatkhaneh.


  1. The Royal Palace
  2. A kind of painting in Islamic archtecture
  3. A kind of stucco


Address: Aali Qapu Palace, western side of Imam Square, Sepah Street, Imam Hussain Square, Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran
Address: ایران، استان اصفهان، شهر اصفهان، میدان امام حسین، خیابان سپه، ضلع غربی میدان امام، عمارت عالی قاپو


Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو

Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو

Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو

Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو

Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو

Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو

Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو

Aali Qapu Palace - Isfahan, Iran عمارت عالی قاپو

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