Hasht Behesht Palace, Esfahan

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Part of the national heritage, Hasht Behesht Palace represents the city's only surviving palace from the Safavid era. Surrounded by a lush flower garden--which doubles as a public park--the octagonal mansion dates from around 1080 and served as a residence of one of the last Safavid princesses. Enter to see the interior: though in dire condition, it still features elaborate stucco work, as well as ceiling and wall paintings. Notice the marble pool, called the "pearl pond," under the central dome, which retains fragments of its original mosaic. Add Hasht Behesht Palace and other attractions to your Esfahan trip itinerary using our Esfahan tour itinerary builder app .
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  • Smaller than Chel Sotun palace but still very beautiful... worths a short visit ... like every other tourist attraction in Isfahan they charge foreigners more !  more »
  • The architecture of Hasht Behesht Palace is beautiful. Unfortunately the upper floor was closed during our visit there. Most of the rooms are still not being maintained. The main attraction is just at...  more »
  • The upper floor was closed for maintenance. There was no single guide or explanation on different parts/rooms of the palace. Only having a walk in its garden is nice.  more »
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  • Very nice palace which is the only one left of the 40 palaces from the Safavid dynasty. IT is worth visiting if you are interested into history. The building in itself is not the most complicated but it has splendid ceilings (as usual in palaces in Iran) and garden.
  • May be in the past, it was beautiful palace but right now, it didn't able to impress me. As, it is inside a garden so, nevertheless, garden is beautiful but here, I just want to stick with my comments about Hasht Behest Palace which faced looting and deterioration in the past. Now, only parts of its paintings and stuccos remain, which give you a little hint of it's past beauty.
  • Hasht behesht (translation : 8 paradises) palace is a wonderful example of Persian palaces built as part of a larger complex with gardens and fountains. The palace is unique as many rooms and spaces have octagonal shapes or decorations. There is a beautiful and newly restored room on the second floor with amazing mirror work, and the main hall on the first level has a breath taking dome. While in the palace, don't forget to look up and enjoy intricate ceiling details in every room!
  • A small and beautiful place in the corner of a park in the old town of Isfahan. Actually it's 8 apartment in a building in old style, it seems making apartment was popular in Iran at that time.
  • One of the forty great palaces of Safvi rulers of Iran. It needs mainteancce.

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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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