Isfahan is one of the best places in Iran to explore the many wonders of Persian architecture. It’s best known for its beautiful mosques with mosaic tiles and imposing, long bridges, but its magnificent palaces also make it worth the visit—especially these three.
Aali Qapu Palace
One of the top attractions of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan’s no. 1 tourist spot, this palace is one of the city’s biggest architectural marvels. It features six floors, accessible via a spiral staircase, but most visitors don’t mind taking the walk because there’s an indirectly decorated music hall on the top floor.
Chehel Sotoon Palace
Fans of Persian architecture shouldn’t miss Chehel Sotoon Palace while in Isfahan. This palace is best known for its slender wooden columns that look even more impressive when reflected in the waters of the pool in front of the palace, surrounded by beautiful Persian gardens.
Hasht Behesht Palace
Built in the 17th country, this was one of 40 palaces built during the rule of the Safavid dynasty, but it’s the only one that remains. Its name is also used to describe the type of floor plan featuring a central hall surrounded by eight rooms. In addition to popularizing this style of architecture, Hasht Behesht is known for its masterfully decorated ceilings.