Ali Qapu is a grand palace in the western part of Naqsh-e Jahan Square and is located in front of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan province. This palace was in fact the residence of Shah Abbas Safavid.
Ali Qapu was built in several stages the interesting facts about Ali Qapu’s architecture is that it seems to have 2 floors from the front side, 5 floors from the backside, and 3 floors from the lateral sides. Each floor was designed for different purposes.
The first three floors are vestibules which used as administrative offices and their spiral staircase design with tile decorations. The fourth floor or the columned hall is known for its terrace. The attractive wooden ceiling with intricate inlay work and panoramic view of the square are the points that draw the attentions.
The last floor which is called the Music Amphitheater or the Music Hall is most famous for its ceiling which is covered with masterly stucco works. This hall functions as a music studio which echo the music and deliver the delicate sound of music to the other parts of the palace. Each floor has its own unique decorations.
Delicate paintings of flowers, plants, animals, geometric shapes and poultry cover all over the interior walls and the visitors can enjoy the maters pieces of Reza Abbasi, the court painter of Shah Abbas.
The opening hours of the palace are from 9.00 to 18.30. Address West side of Naghsh-e Jahan Sq, Isfahan