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Sun Palace

The Sun Palace, located in northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi, dates back to the time of Nader Shah Afshar.

According to Iran Daily quoting Historicaliran, it is believed to have been home to the royal family. But, it seems unlikely anyone actually lived there prior to Nader Shah’s death. There is a tower enhanced with fire architectural designs in the center of this palace.
The facade of this palace is cylindrical, built of black marble. The palace stands 20 meters high and contains 12 rooms decorated with paintings and ornamental works such as plaster moldings.
This palace was built in 1740 CE and sits on top of a tomb from the Ilkhanid period. Its facade work was left unfinished due to Nader Shah’s sudden death.
The main area of the structure is founded on an octagonal ground floor with a terrace constructed on each side.

The external facade is decorated with stones and images of vases, flowers, leaves and fruits in 3D form and have been painted in non-native style. Judging by the depictions of fruits such as bananas, pineapples and mangos on the walls, the structure is possibly the work of Indian artists.
These paintings were left unfinished because of the unclear state of affairs after the death of Nader Shah.
Today, the structure has been renovated. The surrounding garden has been restored and many of the older trees have been removed. It is currently the museum of anthropology.


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