A large and massive rectangular structure, the Ali Qapu Qapu is 48 m (157 ft) high and has six floors, fronted with a wide terrace whose ceiling is inlaid and supported by wooden columns. It was here that the great monarch Shah Abbas used to entertain noble visitors, and foreign ambassadors. The gate of the palace is also very famous and has Turkish influence. It has excellent acoustics which makes it possible for a person to call from one end and be heard across.
After climbing some stairs we reached the terrace with its slender columns from where the Shah would watch the army parade. It affords one of the best views of the Imam Mosque and the square below. The ceiling of wood has intricate inlay work and exposed beams.
The building had valuable paintings of barely clad women and mosaics that decorated corridors and small rooms. These were destroyed during the Qajar period and the paintings of the women plastered over after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. However, a few pictures remain in the throne room. After an arduous climb to the 6th floor through narrow stairs with high insteps we reached the upper floor and the room known as the Music hall. Originally a music hall, later on it was used as a council hall of the Shah. The stucco ceiling is riddled with the shapes of vases and utensils cut to enhance the acoustics. The craftsman ship is considered one of the finest examples of this form of Persian art.
On the sixth floor, the royal reception and banquets were held. The largest rooms are found on this floor. The stucco decoration of the banquet hall abounds in motif of various vessels and cups. The sixth floor was popularly called (the music room) as it was here that various ensembles performed music and sang songs. Later it became the Council room for the Shah and his ministers.
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