Zinat Al-Muluk House | A Qajar house in the heart of Shiraz
The historical house of Zinat al-Mulk is one of the monuments of Qajar era in Shiraz, which was built by Ali Mohammad Khan Ghavam al-Mulk during 12 years. This house is part of the Narenjestan mansion. which is connected to it, through a door in the basement. At first, this house was the residence of Ghavam and his family and named after ghavam child, Zinat Al-Muluk, because she lived there for a time.
The entrance door is decorated with mosaic and inlaid work and is very beautiful, along with the stone inscription on top of it, which is considered an excellent example of Qajar architecture. After crossing a large courtyard porch, you pass two symmetrical orchards lined with orange trees and beautiful ponds, it really attracts any look. The pond is made up of six integrated pieces of stone with a smaller symmetrical pond inside.
The yard is built as beautifully as possible with carved and latticed stone plinths, in a way that makes it possible to illuminate and ventilate the basement.
Extraordinary and very delicate stucco with different designs of flowers and nightingales can be seen in different parts of the yard. The facade of the building in the courtyard has a headboard with seven-color crescent-shaped tiles with a picture (lion and sun), which is one of the masterpieces of tiling in Iran.
Interior design of Zinat Al-Molk House
Zinat al-Mulk House has more than twenty rooms decorated with very exquisite and impressive stuccos, paintings and mirrors. These rooms face each other on the first floor.
Sash windows with stained glass are perfectly symmetrical with each other, and when the sun shines, they create a beautiful reflection on the walls and the floor, which is very eye-catching.
On one of the west sides of the building, there is a main hall with mirrored and painted walls, which is a combination of Iranian and European art, but its Iranian style is well preserved.
Ceiling of the house
The ceiling of the house is entirely made of wood, that is walnut wood with the most unique and terrific miniatures and paintings of animals, birds, famous verses of Quran and other Arabesque designs.
The porches of the house
In the porches facing the courtyard, there are unique paintings that represent love and friendship among people of the world implemented in the style of Iranian and Western architecture.
Zinat Al-Muluk House is the only house in Shiraz with a basement as large as the flour plan of the whole house, which was used for storing food, etc. at that time.
Zinat al-Muluk House | Shiraz Museum of Honors
The building is currently used as the Shiraz Museum of Glory and resembles the Madame Tussauds in central London (a famous 18th-century museum where Madame Tussauds built a sculpture complex), a festival of wax statues of celebrities, and the museum exposes different eras to tourists.
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* Written by Tannaz Akbari and Translated by Somayeh Zareh .
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