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Keshish House or priest’s house was built in Safavid era and was purchased by Mr. Homayoun Afham, one of the genius citizens of Isfahan and one of the lovers of Iranian Art & culture in 1005 from the heirs of priest Gargin Hananian.
He purchased this house to protect the cultural and civilization values of this territory and had it reconstructed and textured thanks to Iranian experts and artists.
The main building consists of Hashti, the rooms, the gallery, the angle building and a large platform the interior of which have been ornamented by stucco and mirror works. The roof of the platform is supported by four high wooden pillars and has been decorated by wooden frames resembling a chessboard.
In addition to the main building which is located at the Northern side of the house, a newly made complex has been built on the other three sides with a style matching with the previous architecture and as high as that building in 3 floors and has been added to the old building.
Keshish house consists of numerous suites, a gathering hall, a kitchen, a pantry, a yard, a water pond, beautiful gardens and a valuable library containing invaluable old books, manuscript books and gramophone discs of Iranian classic music.
The old structure of the building is combined of two traditional and modern styles. Although they are quite simple with no flamboyance they still give the visitor a soft feeling of peace and tranquility. The cultural, touristic residential complex of “ Priest’s House” with it’s charming simplicity and eye-catching beauty is ready to receive those interested in Iranian architecture and the ancient houses of Julfa of Isfahan.
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