Kolah Farangi Mansion | A historical building in the oldest garden of Rasht
Kolah Farangi Mansion is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of Rasht and is located on the southern side of Mohtasham Garden (also known as the City Park).
The History of the mansion
The history of Mohtasham Garden dates back to Qajar dynasty and the reign of Nasser ol-din Shah Qajar. Akbar khan Biglarbegi, who was one of the rulers of Gilan, started the construction of this garden and when he passed away, his daughter inherited it. She married her cousin, Sadegh Khan Mohtasham ol-Molk and therefore, the garden was called Mohtasham Garden.
The architecture of Kolah Farangi Mansion
The unique feature of this building is that it looks like a three story building from outside but it actually has four stories. There are two rooms on both the first and the second floor. On the upper floor, there is a large octagonal room that has windows on every side. During different seasons of the year, these windows provided lightening and good ventilations. This building was used as the summer residence for the rulers of Rasht, and then in the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi it was changed to the City Park and was opened for the public use. Nowadays it is being used as the center of preservation and instruction of the local arts of Gilan province.
The construction materials of Kolah Farangi Mansion are brick and wood, and its roof is made of clay. All around the building on the first floor is porch and on the second floor is a wooden balcony.
The delicate decorations of the mansion such as wooden lion heads, carved columns and beautiful balcony railings have made this structure an attractive and unique monument.
* Written by Arefeh Firouzan.
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|Wikipedia: Click here||Name(s) in Persian: عمارت کلاه فرنگی|
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|Province: Rasht|| Accommodation availability: Yes|
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|Working days: All days||Restaurant & Cafe availability: Yes|
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