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Chehel Sotoun, Esfahan

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#6 of 19 in Historic Sites in Esfahan
Castle Architectural Building
Visit Chehel Sotoun, an intricately decorated 17th-century palace built to entertain foreign delegates. A long pool leads up to the palace, surrounded by rich greenery and reflecting off the distinctive 20 pillars at the entrance, creating a picturesque scene. Inside you’ll find that every inch of the palace walls is covered in murals by unknown artists, depicting historical events or simply celebrating love and life. Amenities include an audio guide and a coffee shop indoors. To visit Chehel Sotoun and get the most from your holiday in Esfahan, create itinerary details personal to you using our Esfahan vacation builder.
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  • Just outside of the main square in Esfahan (within the main hub) a jewel in the city's crown. Should be at the top of the list of sights to see in IRAN! Interior artwork (Frescos/ stucco is amazing .....  more »
  • Very nice architectural complex with superb paintings in a beautiful park. Nice but not essential.
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  • Definitely not be missed. Take time to enjoy the garden and the look to the Palace. Read what about the construction and history of the building. Is currently being renovated and is partly in the scaffolding, but remains beautiful. The paintings and wall paintings are reminiscent of Vatican museum, even though it is much less.
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Where to stay in Esfahan

Esfahan includes a smattering of accommodations that provide variety, if not depth of choice. Along the main Chahar Bagh drag and the streets that lead off it, you'll find a few fairly basic hotels, providing decent rooms in the city center, close to the main attractions and services. Hostels can be found, with dormitory rooms providing particularly good options for budget-conscious travelers who want to be right in the thick of things close to the main square and the bazaar. The most luxurious hotels in town lie further to the south, set in historic buildings overlooking the river.
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