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Esfahan is a wonderful city, with magnificent monuments and I could spend here months showing its marvels. But the most impressive and unique was for me the music hall in Ale Qapu palace. I have to climb six floors by steep round stairs but it is well worth the effort. No need to say - I was the only one of my group to go there. HAha.

Built in the early 17th century, Ali Qapu (meaning 揼reat gate, pictured below) is one of the most famous palaces of the Persian Empire抯 Safavid Era. Situated on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan, Iran, this 48-meter tall, six-story building was built by decree of Shah Abbas I and later expanded by Shah Abbas II.Ali Qapu has countless notable architectural features, perhaps the most famous of which is the sixth-story Music Hall (pictured at the top of the page) where the king would host royal receptions and parties. It is an example of low-tech acoustic genius. In the Music Hall, live musicians would play traditional Persian instruments such as the setar, kamancheh, and daf to entertain the king and his guests. Along all four sides of the upper half of the Music Hall walls, as well as within the mini muqarnas ceilings, is a double-walled design featuring a unique pattern of plaster niches cut out in the shapes of vases and other vessels. These not only add visual beauty, but more importantly, they absorb echoes and create what was perhaps the first low-tech quadrophonic sound system, long before the advent of electric power transmission.

If you stand in the Music Hall and clap, you抣l notice there is no echo. In a room of such size and volume, the wall design ensured that all the king抯 guests would hear the live musicians with clarity and without distortion. (
https://makezine.com/2016/12/29/heirloom-tech-old-world-acoustics-ali-qapu/)
I will add two Workshops.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12618 W: 133 N: 32568] (149831)
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