Approaching the Chehel Sotoun Garden from the street, now it is called the Chehel Sotoun Garden Museum

Approaching the Chehel Sotoun Garden from the street, now it is called the Chehel Sotoun Garden Museum

Chehel Sotoun is a pavilion built in the middle of the garden in famous Iranian city of Isfahan

Chehel Sotoun is a pavilion built in the middle of the garden in famous Iranian city of Isfahan

This safavid palace was built during the reign of Shah Abbas II in 1647

This safavid palace was built during the reign of Shah Abbas II in 1647

The current building which stands today is from 1706

The current building which stands today is from 1706

The palace was used by the king and his successors to receive dignitaries and ambassadors on the terrace or in one of the stately reception halls

The palace was used by the king and his successors to receive dignitaries and ambassadors on the terrace or in one of the stately reception halls

Looking at the pool which is in front of the pavilion

Looking at the pool which is in front of the pavilion

The word chehel sotoun in Persian means 40 columns, these are 20 supporting columns but in the main pool they reflect as 40

The word chehel sotoun in Persian means 40 columns, these are 20 supporting columns but in the main pool they reflect as 40

Each column is made of a plain tree with a thin layer of colored board fitted on the skin

Each column is made of a plain tree with a thin layer of colored board fitted on the skin

The layer was formerly covered with colored pieces of glass and mirror

The layer was formerly covered with colored pieces of glass and mirror

Wooden ceiling of the Chehel Sotoun

Wooden ceiling of the Chehel Sotoun

It is believed that whole building was once covered with the decorative glass and plaster, this ceiling is one of  the reminders

It is believed that whole building was once covered with the decorative glass and plaster, this ceiling is one of the reminders

Standing in front of the main hall and looking out to the pool area of the palace

Standing in front of the main hall and looking out to the pool area of the palace

This door provides access to the Great Hall also known as Throne Room

This door provides access to the Great Hall also known as Throne Room

Details of the golden honeycomb shaped facade at the entrace door of the main hall

Details of the golden honeycomb shaped facade at the entrace door of the main hall

The upper walls of the Great Hall are dominated by historical frescoes on a grand scale and also by other paintings

The upper walls of the Great Hall are dominated by historical frescoes on a grand scale and also by other paintings

This painting inside the main hall depicts the Battle of Karanl between Nader Shah Afshar and Mohammad Shah of India in 1756

This painting inside the main hall depicts the Battle of Karanl between Nader Shah Afshar and Mohammad Shah of India in 1756

This reception was arranged by Shah Abbas II for Nadr Mohammad Khan ( a ruler in the Central Asia) in 1658

This reception was arranged by Shah Abbas II for Nadr Mohammad Khan ( a ruler in the Central Asia) in 1658

Shah Abbas I arranged a reception for Vali Mohammad Khan in 1621 who took refuge in Isfahan

Shah Abbas I arranged a reception for Vali Mohammad Khan in 1621 who took refuge in Isfahan

After the Afghan invasion of Persian, these paintings were covered with the thick whitewash

After the Afghan invasion of Persian, these paintings were covered with the thick whitewash

The Battle of Chaldiran is depicted here which was fought on 23 August 1514 between the Ottoman Empire the Safavid Empire

The Battle of Chaldiran is depicted here which was fought on 23 August 1514 between the Ottoman Empire the Safavid Empire

Mughal emperor Humayun was welcomed in Iran by Shah Tahmasb in 1550, as depicted in this painting

Mughal emperor Humayun was welcomed in Iran by Shah Tahmasb in 1550, as depicted in this painting

This shows the battle between Safavid king Shah Esmaeel and the Uzbak Sheibak Khan in 1511

This shows the battle between Safavid king Shah Esmaeel and the Uzbak Sheibak Khan in 1511

This room is one of the best examples of the Persian architect and it played a huge role for the visiting dignitaries in the past

This room is one of the best examples of the Persian architect and it played a huge role for the visiting dignitaries in the past

Ceiling of the Throne Hall

Ceiling of the Throne Hall

Though this pavilion is small but it represents an excellent example of art and design from the 17th century

Though this pavilion is small but it represents an excellent example of art and design from the 17th century

These tree trunks (probably from the same tree) were lying in the garden

These tree trunks (probably from the same tree) were lying in the garden

This hollowed trunk is gigantic in size

This hollowed trunk is gigantic in size

Another fallen tree in the garden - this garden is now added to Unesco’s World Heritage list

Another fallen tree in the garden - this garden is now added to Unesco’s World Heritage list

On my way out from the Chehel Sotoun Garden - the pool to the right is 110 meters long and 16 meters wide

On my way out from the Chehel Sotoun Garden - the pool to the right is 110 meters long and 16 meters wide