("Great Gate") Palace, Isfahan
. The name Great Gate was given to this place as it was right at the entrance to the Safavid
palaces which stretched from the Naqsh e Jahan Square
to the Chahar Baq Boulevard
. The building, another wonderful Safavid edifice, was built by decree of Shah Abbas I
in the early seventeenth century and is 40 metres (130 ft) high with six floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase. It was here that the great monarch used to entertain noble visitors, and foreign ambassadors.