Ali Qapu Palace
Another building of Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Ali Qapu or the Great Gateway was built as part of Shah Abbas residence; this six story building was made as the portal entrance to the King’s Palace. The highlight of palace is its terrace with its 18 columns, and a view to Naghsh-e Jahan, with wooden ceiling and intricate inlay work. The 52 small rooms of this palace was decorated with beautiful mosaic works that many were destroyed during Qajar period and later eras. The stucco ceiling of the music room is filled with shapes of vases and other household utensils used for enhancing the acoustics. This form of architecture is the finest example of secular Persian art. The palace is filled with murals of Reza Abbasi, the most famous miniaturist of Safavid time.