About Hasht Behesht Palace
Hasht Behesht Palace which means “the Eight Heavens” in Persian language, and is a real piece of heaven left on the Earth. In Safavid era, King Suleiman ordered his architects to build this amazing palace in 17th century. The location of this construction is in Chaharbagh Street which is also a great place to visit.
This building has an octagonal shape with two main entrances. There are four different facades which are visible from a specific angle where you can see balconies or Iwans with wooden columns under them. Inside the Hasht Behesht Palace is extremely beautiful with hand paintings tiles, plaster and wooden designs and prismatic mirrors. In the past, there was a garden all around the structure, but no remnant is left. Nowadays a breathtaking park surrounds the palace.
Location of the Palace
If you want to visit Hasht Behesht Palace, it is in the western side of Chaharbagh Street, across Sheykh Bahaei Street in middle of Hasht Behesht park. It is easily accessible by public transport such as bus. The palace is in city center near other main tourist destinations.
History of Hasht Behesht Palace
During eighth Safavid king, Shah Suleiman or king Suleiman architectures built Hasht Behesht Palace in 1670. In that
time the palace was inside a bigger garden with the name of “Naqshe-e-Jahan garden” which King Ismail had offered to build it. Then they divide this garden into various sections. The two other Safavid kings, Shah Abbas II and Shah Suleiman then added a lot of trees to this garden. Based on some evidence, one of the reasons for calling the palace as Hasht Behesht is due to the fact that King dedicated this residential palace to his eight favorite wives. As you might know Hasht means eight in Persian language.
Structure of the Palace
Actually, Hasht Behesht Palace is a double story summerhouse which is an architectural masterpiece from Safavid era. In the Qajar era, Naser e-Din Shah dedicated this residential palace to Lady “Iftikhar ol-Dole” with one condition that she does not apply any change neither in appearance of the structure nor its boundary. Otherwise many changes happened after her death and her inheritors divide the garden. ministry of Art and Culture started to maintain the remnant of the garden and mansion in 1964 and Cultural Heritage Organization protects it up to now.
Architecture of Hasht Behesht Palace
Inside the Hasht Behesht Palace, you will enjoy spectacular tiling consisting of various kinds of birds, reptiles, and predators’ paintings on. Although four facades in the mansion are similar, each is unique in design. Some argue that the view in north of the palace is the main façade, the indicator of pool in the garden offers that the eastern façade is the main. The building is 700 sq. m and rises 14 m high where the first floor is consisted of paintings and the second one comprising rooms, windows, and doors. There is also a hallway in which a marble pool is visible. Its name is “The Pearl Pool” as the water seeps through the holes like pearl in this pool. This palace had many safety precautions. Eunuchs guarded the rooms on the upper floor. They walked through the corridors connecting the rooms.
How to visit this palace?
Visiting Hasht Behesht Palace is a great experience for everyone especially those who like architecture and history. This is only one of the many amazing places you should visit while traveling to Iran. The other similar structures like Fin Garden was introduced before. Chiyacotravel executes various kinds of city tours for travelers from all around the globe to facilitate visiting this place as far as possible. As the place is in the heart of the city center, we recommend you to let us provide you a local guide in order to have an unforgettable visit. For more Information, please contact us.