About Afif Abad Garden
Afif Abad or Golshan Garden is located on Afif Abad Street of Shiraz. With an area of about 127,000 m2, this garden is among the most beautiful gardens of Shiraz and a full sample of the art of Iranian floriculture. In Safavid Period, this garden has been one of the major gardens and promenades of Safavid kings. At Qajar Period, Mirza Ali Khan Ghavam ul-Mulk bought this garden, reconstructed it and built an elegant mansion there. At the end of Qajar Period, this garden was inherited by Afifeh Khanum, Mirza Ali Khan Ghavam ul-Mulk's niece. She made vast changes and extensive improvements in this garden and since then, this garden is known as Afif Abad Garden. The garden contains a Royal Palace, the Museum of Historical Weapons, Ebrat Museum, a café, and a bathhouse.
The Royal Palace is a two-story building with about 30 rooms. On the first floor, there is the Museum of Historical Weapons. Ebrat Meuseum is on the second floor. At the center of this floor, there is a great and magnificent hall with wooden ceiling adorned with patterns of flowers, hunting scene as well as feasting and joy scenes. The café building is constructed with an Iranian architecture in the middle of which there is a small pool. This café contains 6 chambers adorned with patterns of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh. Of these patterns are the pattern of Zahhak and Kaveh the blacksmith, Zal and Simurgh, the combat of Rostam and Sohrab, the combat of Tahamtan and the White Demon, as well as the combat of Rostam and Esfandyar. The bathhouse is also constructed using the architecture of ancient Iranian bathhouses. Afif Abad Garden has been registered as a national monument of Iran.