|SAFAVID PALACES |
Isfahan, under the Safavid dynasty witnessed a golden era of construction and development. Extensive construction was carried out in Isfahan. Magnificent palaces and beautiful gardens and orchards were built along the Zayandeh Roud River. Unfortunately, after the fall of Safavid Empire and especially during Qajar period most of these palaces were destroyed.
Only few pieces of stones which were used as pillars' bases have remained. A part of Chehel Sotun garden and the Hasht Behesht palace have survived, but a palace called Haft Dast (Seven Hands) which was located near the Khadju Bridge was completely demolished. The Aineh Khaneh palace was another glorious building which was destroyed. The Namakdan pavilion (the salt cellar) was demolished by the command of a mad ruler called Zele Sultan.
Baghe Zereshk (the Barberry Orchard) pavilion which was located in Chahr Bagh St. was ruined in the 19th century. Besides these palaces and pavilions a large number of beautiful Safavid style houses were demolished too.