Hasht Behesht is a palace in Isfahan built by Safavid in 1669

Hasht Behesht is a palace in Isfahan built by Safavid in 1669

The word Hasht Behesht means

The word Hasht Behesht means " Eight Paradise" and it is set beautifully in the Baghe Bulbul (The Nightingale Garden)

Facade of the Hasht Behesht palace - this structure is octagonal in shape and it has two stories

Facade of the Hasht Behesht palace - this structure is octagonal in shape and it has two stories

Ceiling of the Hasht Behesht - the building has an open plan in order to allow more breeze in the summer for cooling effects

Ceiling of the Hasht Behesht - the building has an open plan in order to allow more breeze in the summer for cooling effects

Looking at the garden and trees from inside the Hasht Behesht

Looking at the garden and trees from inside the Hasht Behesht

This ceiling is in the middle of the structure and it is also the highest point of the structure

This ceiling is in the middle of the structure and it is also the highest point of the structure

It is believed that Zele Sultan, who lived in this palace covered the building with stucco thus hiding or destroying the work done by Safavid earlier

It is believed that Zele Sultan, who lived in this palace covered the building with stucco thus hiding or destroying the work done by Safavid earlier

In order to use the layers of plasters, old decorations were destroyed and the beauty of this palace was lost forever

In order to use the layers of plasters, old decorations were destroyed and the beauty of this palace was lost forever

Some of the layers which were added by Zele SUltan were removed and old decorations were revealed

Some of the layers which were added by Zele SUltan were removed and old decorations were revealed

This floral pattern was on the floor and it was cordoned off by ropes

This floral pattern was on the floor and it was cordoned off by ropes

The original palace was decorated with beautiful gilded mosaics, mirror work, plaster work, and various kinds of floral paintings on plaster

The original palace was decorated with beautiful gilded mosaics, mirror work, plaster work, and various kinds of floral paintings on plaster

In this photo the open plan of the building can be seen, this design allowed plenty of natural light and fresh breeze into the building

In this photo the open plan of the building can be seen, this design allowed plenty of natural light and fresh breeze into the building

This dried pond is in the middle of the structure

This dried pond is in the middle of the structure

Ceiling and arches of the Hasht Behesht palace

Ceiling and arches of the Hasht Behesht palace

Ceiling of the Hasht Behesht with a chandelier hanging from it

Ceiling of the Hasht Behesht with a chandelier hanging from it

This appears to be an old water distribution system which will let the water flow into this garden

This appears to be an old water distribution system which will let the water flow into this garden

Fine details of the ceiling - this palace ( pavilion) was built under Shah Sulaiman after the construction of the Chehel Sotun, the resemblance in both buildings can be seen

Fine details of the ceiling - this palace ( pavilion) was built under Shah Sulaiman after the construction of the Chehel Sotun, the resemblance in both buildings can be seen

The plan of this structure is simple with the central pavilion surrounded by eight rooms on two levels (four on each level)

The plan of this structure is simple with the central pavilion surrounded by eight rooms on two levels (four on each level)

These school children were walking in front of the building - they were split in boys and girls groups and they seemed to be having a friendly banter

These school children were walking in front of the building - they were split in boys and girls groups and they seemed to be having a friendly banter

The pool area of the garden which was dried out at the time of my visit

The pool area of the garden which was dried out at the time of my visit

One of the major renovation work was carried out in 1977 to restore this building

One of the major renovation work was carried out in 1977 to restore this building

After leaving the Hasht Behesht palace, I took left turn and walked inside th park which surrounds this building

After leaving the Hasht Behesht palace, I took left turn and walked inside th park which surrounds this building

The area around the Hasht Behesht is a public park and it has plenty of shady trees

The area around the Hasht Behesht is a public park and it has plenty of shady trees

This plant tilted to one side along the ground but still continued to grow

This plant tilted to one side along the ground but still continued to grow

A structure in the park - when I visited this park it was deserted may be it was too cold for the locals in February to come out in the park

A structure in the park - when I visited this park it was deserted may be it was too cold for the locals in February to come out in the park

The park has very open spaces with long straight walkways surrounded by greenery

The park has very open spaces with long straight walkways surrounded by greenery

Far side of the Bagh-e Bulbul, the area around the park was busy with the traffic but this place has its own tranquility

Far side of the Bagh-e Bulbul, the area around the park was busy with the traffic but this place has its own tranquility