Ali Qapu Palace is a former royal palace, located on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan

Ali Qapu Palace is a former royal palace, located on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan

The word

The word "Ali" refers to Imam Ali and Qapu comes from the Turkish language meaning "gate" - so the name of this palace means "the Gate of Ali"

This elevated terrace is one of the most impressive feature of the palace, this palace was built by the Safvaid king Shah Abbas I at the end of the 16th century (1597)

This elevated terrace is one of the most impressive feature of the palace, this palace was built by the Safvaid king Shah Abbas I at the end of the 16th century (1597)

Here name of the palace in English is written as Ali Qapu but in Persian it says

Here name of the palace in English is written as Ali Qapu but in Persian it says "Aali" meaning Imperial thus this palace may be referred as "the Imperial Gate"

A model of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square inside the palace - Ali Qapu can be seen on the right side of the model

A model of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square inside the palace - Ali Qapu can be seen on the right side of the model

A beautiful ceiling on the ground level, close to the entry door of the Ali Qapu Palace

A beautiful ceiling on the ground level, close to the entry door of the Ali Qapu Palace

Fine details of one of the walls on the ground floor

Fine details of one of the walls on the ground floor

This palace is 48 meters high and there are seven floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase

This palace is 48 meters high and there are seven floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase

The terrace of the Ali Qapu Place was undergoing renovation waork - this beautiful terrace is supported by 18 columns

The terrace of the Ali Qapu Place was undergoing renovation waork - this beautiful terrace is supported by 18 columns

This terrace offers wonderful view of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square and the mosques of Shah and Sheikh Lotfollah

This terrace offers wonderful view of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square and the mosques of Shah and Sheikh Lotfollah

Ceiling of the terrace - this high ceiling and the slender columns have resemblance to that of Chehel Sotoun, The 18 columns of the hall were covered with mirrors initially

Ceiling of the terrace - this high ceiling and the slender columns have resemblance to that of Chehel Sotoun, The 18 columns of the hall were covered with mirrors initially

In the past, beautiful windows and the doors of the palace were looted and taken away

In the past, beautiful windows and the doors of the palace were looted and taken away

This palace was almost deserted but many renovation has taken palace here and it has turned this place once again into a master piece of the safavid architecture

This palace was almost deserted but many renovation has taken palace here and it has turned this place once again into a master piece of the safavid architecture

Decorative ceiling of the Ali Qapu Palace

Decorative ceiling of the Ali Qapu Palace

There are many windows in the building which allow natural daylight and fresh air

There are many windows in the building which allow natural daylight and fresh air

The paintings on the walls were created by Reza Abbasi, the court painter of Shah Abbas I

The paintings on the walls were created by Reza Abbasi, the court painter of Shah Abbas I

Many of the valuable paintings and mosaics that once decorated the 52 small rooms, corridors and stairways were destroyed during the Qajar period but only few have survived

Many of the valuable paintings and mosaics that once decorated the 52 small rooms, corridors and stairways were destroyed during the Qajar period but only few have survived

On the west side of the fifth floor, this balcony faces to royal gardens, and the palace of Chehel Sotoun

On the west side of the fifth floor, this balcony faces to royal gardens, and the palace of Chehel Sotoun

Decorations inside the Music Hall which is located on the 6th floor

Decorations inside the Music Hall which is located on the 6th floor

This room was used for private parties and for the king's musicians

This room was used for private parties and for the king's musicians

The stucco ceiling is riddled with the shapes of vases and other household utensils cut to enhance the acoustics

The stucco ceiling is riddled with the shapes of vases and other household utensils cut to enhance the acoustics

Ceiling of the Music Hall

Ceiling of the Music Hall

A close up view of the ceiling of Music Hall - this room was used for the lavish ceremonies and entertainment

A close up view of the ceiling of Music Hall - this room was used for the lavish ceremonies and entertainment

One of the staircases of Ali Qapu Palace - these stairs are decorated with floral tiles

One of the staircases of Ali Qapu Palace - these stairs are decorated with floral tiles

A window at the end of a staircase

A window at the end of a staircase

An arch on the lower gound floor with the fading art work

An arch on the lower gound floor with the fading art work