About this photo
Ali Qapu (Imperial Gate) Palace is a six-story monument on the western side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square where the Safavid Shah Abbas I (1571-1629) spent most of his time, entertained visitors and foreign emissaries and used the upper galleries to watch polo games and military parades.
It is said that after celebrating his first Nowruz (Persian New Year) in the palace in 1597, Shah Abbas decided to make it his permanent residence and had the palace modified accordingly. Master miniature painter Reza Abbasi (1565-1635) was commissioned to decorate the interior of the building. The flower, bird, and animal motifs adorning the walls and ceilings of Ali Qapu are the work of this Safavid era painter and his apprentices.
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