Architecture of water supply to Chehel Sotoun studied

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Tehran (ISNA) - In a new study published in Journal of Studies on Iranian - Islamic City, affiliated to Jahad Daneshgahi, the aesthetic aspects of water supply to Chehel Sotoun gardens was explored, SinaPress reported.

Chehel Sotoun (literally “Forty Columns”) is a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool, in Isfahan, Iran, built by Shah Abbas II, of the Safavid dynasty (1501–1736), to be used for his entertainment and receptions. 

The Safavid dynasty was one of the most significant ruling dynasties in Iran, often considered as the onset of modern Iranian history.

By the on-site observation of Chehel Sotoun followed by exploring historical documents and archaeological excavation reports, the Iranian researchers at Bu-Ali Sina University in Hamedan, investigated the architecture of water supply to this garden.

The new study found that in Chehel Sotoun, as the paradigm of the Iranian gardens, the play of static and current waters was employed with functional and aesthetic purposes.

The diversity of water forms signifies the Safavids’ high appreciation of aesthetic issues.

Other types of playing with water are the regularly installed water fountains in the middle of the canals, which, by virtue of the physical laws of movement and water pressure, aided the architect to achieve his desirable aesthetic objectives.

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