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The Persian garden: an image of Paradise

Exploring how gardens became an expression of relaxation and luxury in the court of Shah 'Abbas.

By the late 16th century gardens had become centres for enjoyment and relaxation, expressions of a ruler's power and prestige, with little spiritual meaning. Garden historian Penelope Hobhouse uncovers how Shah 'Abbas and his successors used the grid system to create gardens of great beauty with central pavilions for luxurious entertaining.


Penelope Hobhouse | talks


Date and Time:

21 May 2009 at 6:30 pm





British Museum
Great Russell Street

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