Chehel Sotune Museum, Esfahan
The Chehel Sotune palace was erected during the reigns of Shah Abbas Safavid I and II in the 11th century AH, in the vast premises and garden. This highly reputed structure comprises of a hall of mirrors with gilded ceilings, and chambers to the north and south with adornments of mirror and plaster work, in addition to valuable paintings. Its elevated porch with 20 wooden pillars renders a special majestic affect to the scene, and the reflection of these pillars in the large pool opposite the edifice displays a beauty of its own. Thus taking the name of Chehel Sotune or 40 pillars.