Historical Houses in Isfahan

Some of the Historical Houses in Isfahan can be listed as below:

  1. Alam’s House
  2. Amin’s House
  3. Malek Vineyard
  4. Qazvinis’ House – 19th century
  5. Sheykhol-Eslam’s House

The collection of historical houses belongs to the eras from Safavid to Qajar is in Isfahan which most of them have been destroyed unfortunately and a few numbers of those historical old houses are still remained as historical sites of Isfahan.

1. Alam’s House

The Alam’s house is a historical house in Isfahan, Iran. The owner of the house was one of the Qajar aristocrats. The house has a yard, which is surrounded from every side by residential parts. The northern part is distinguished by a columned veranda and has a reception hall. There are two rooms on the two sides of the reception hall. In this hall, there are stucco and decorations with cut mirrors. The hall faces to veranda by seven sash windows and leads to the rooms by Khatamkari doors. The southern part of the house is a narrow and long dining room, which has painted windows. Eastern and western parts have identical plans. Both of them have reception halls, which lead to the smaller rooms. All parts of the house have been decorated by brickwork, tiles, stucco and gilding. The limpid water in the stone Howz (pool) in the middle of the yard reflects the beauty of the house.

2. Amin’s House

The Amin’s house is a historical house in Isfahan, Iran which belongs to the Qajar era. During the time of expansion and development of the city the house lost its yard and at the present time its veranda faces the street. There are many beautiful decorations such as stucco, mirror decorations and marquetry doors in the house.

3. Malek Vineyard

The Malek vineyard is a historical house in Isfahan, Iran which has been taken as tax from the people in the era of Nader Shah and was for a long time a part of assets of a rich man in the city. During the reign of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar it was confiscated by the king. Naser al-Din Shah’s successors declared it as a public asset and a part of national treasury. In the Mohammad Ali Shah‘s era, a Hussainiya was built in the garden and its administration was handed over to an Isfahanian businessman called Malekot-Tojar. Parts of the vineyard and its building have been destroyed during the expansion and development of the city. The remaining parts include a central yard and a dining room. Presently Malek vineyard is used as Hussainia and a permit is needed for visiting.

4. Qazvin i’s House – 19th century

The Qazvini’s House belongs to the age of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar.
The house has a beautiful structure and masterly plan. It has multiple yards, which are surrounded by many rooms. The northern part of each yard is higher and is more important than the other parts. The notable exterior parts of the structure are followings:

  • Adais, decorated by an exquisite Muqarnas
  • Doors of the dais with painted glasses, which connect the dais to different rooms.
  • A reception hall on the western side decorated by stucco and cut mirrors.
  • On the eastern side, there are a reception hall, some smaller rooms, big verandas and some covered vestibules and service parts.

Interior parts are on the eastern side of the main yard. There are some halls and offices in this part.
Stables and the living places of servants are in the southern parts of the house.[1]
At present, the office of Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization is located in this house.

5. Sheykhol-Eslam’s House

The Sheykhol-Eslam’s house is built on the northern and southern sides of the large yard during the Qajar era. The reason for this unusual plan, which is completely different from other historical houses in Isfahan, is that the yard had been built originally as a Tekyeh for religious ceremonies. The main parts of the structure are on the southern side of the yard behind a veranda. Stucco, decorations with cut mirrors and Muqarnas have made this part of the house much more prominent. There is a big reception hall with two rooms behind the southern veranda, and there is a Howz and two small flower gardens opposite the northern veranda. In the southwestern part of the house, there is a small courtyard, which is connected to the main courtyard by a narrow corridor.

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