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Ālī Qāpū and in memory of a good friend

Iran - Isfahan

Ālī Qāpū is a grand palace in Isfahan, Iran. It is located on the western side of the Naghsh-i Jahan Square, and had been originally designed as a vast portal. It is forty-eight meters high and there are seven floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase. In the sixth floor music room, deep circular niches are found in the walls, having not only aesthetic value, but also acoustic.

The name Ālī Qāpū, Turkic for “high gate”, was given to this place as it was right at the entrance to the Safavid palaces which stretched from the Maidan Naqsh-i-Jahan to the Chahār Bāgh Boulevard. The building, another wonderful Safavid edifice, was built by decree of Shah Abbas the Great in the early seventeenth century. It was here that the great monarch used to entertain noble visitors, and foreign ambassadors. Shah Abbas, here for the first time celebrated the Now – ruz (New Year’s Day) of 1006 AH / 1597 A.D. A large and massive rectangular structure, the Ālī Qāpū is 36 meters high and has six floors, fronted with a wide terrace whose ceiling is inlaid and supported by wooden columns.

Professor Eugenio Galdieri passed away suddenly yesterday, great architecture and a dear friend and amazing teacher. He was born in Naples, and graduated in Architecture at the University of Rome. He devoted himself almost entirely to the problems of conservation of monuments – in particular in Eastern European countries – and studies in Islamic architecture. From 1970 until 1979, he supervised, as scientific responsible, the entire program of study and conservation and restoration, conducted by the institute in Iran, Oman and Afghanistan.

Iran - Esfahan

In 1982 he received the “Aga Khan Award” for the restoration of Islamic monuments and a year later in 1983 he was appointed academic honor of the Florentine Academy of Arts and Design. In 1987 he became a member of the Societas Europaea Iranologica, Uppsala. Most of his research and work was preservation of monuments and history of architecture of Islamic countries.

Eugene Galdieri

May He Rest in Peace …


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