Visit Chehel Sotoun Palace and Garden in Isfahan, Isfahan Garden tours
Chehel sotoun Palace is a pavilion set in the middle of a lovely garden at the far end of a long pool, the Chehel sotoun meaning "Forty Columns" in Persian and was inspired by the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion reflected in the swimming pool are said to appear to be forty, the forty column palace was built by order of Shah abas the second in mid-16th century and was used as a reception palace for foreign guest and ambassadors.
Visit Hasht Behesht Places and Garden in Isfahan, Isfahan Garden tours
The Hasht Behesht Palace (the eight paradise garden) located in the center of the Garden of Nightingales; the Hasht Behesht is one of Isfahan's two surviving Safavid pavilions. Built under Shah Suleiman some twenty years after the Chehel Sotoun palace, it is quite different in style from the earlier pavilion, although it exhibits the same concern for the interplay of interior and exterior spaces. 'Hasht Behesht' translates as 'Eight Paradises' and refers to a Timurid palace building type consisting of two stories of four corner rooms around a central domed space. In Isfahan, the corner rooms are octagonal, forming massive pillars that define four large openings leading to large porches in the south, east and west, and an iwan in the north.