Chehel Sotoon (or Sotoun) is a palace in a park in central Isfahan at the far end of a long pool. This palace was used by Shah Abbas I to receive foreign dignitaries and ambassadors. The name means 40 columns and was derived from the 20 wooden columns which support the entrance hall. The palace contains many frescoes in an excellent state of conservation. It was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I.
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