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Mirror and Lighting Museum of Yazd

Mirror and Lighting Museum of Yazd


One of the most important features of Yazd is the desert architecture of this region, which has a great effect on the construction of residential houses and the creation of various techniques to survive in harsh desert conditions. The architecture of Yazd houses has different techniques and the decorations and elements of it have distinguished it among other Iranian houses. Qasr-e-Ayeneh (Mirror Palace) Museum has a foundation of 837 square meters and is located in a garden 8,174 square meters in area. The museum building was formerly belonging to a wealthy personality of Yazd. After the Islamic revolution, it has been converted into the museum.


Want to get lost in a world of lights and reflections? Museum of Mirrors and Lighting or Qasr-e Ayeneh (a castle of the mirror) in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City of Yazd can be a good start. There are various houses in the city of Yazd that still retain these architectural features and are now either turned into museums or beautiful and luxurious hotels. One of these houses is the building of the Mirror and Lighting Museum. One of the most beautiful historical monuments and tourist attractions of Yazd is the Mirror and Lighting Museum, which is one of the most valuable historical monuments in Iran, both as a building and as a collection of museums’ objects.


This elegant 20th-century mansion, dating from the 1940s, was confiscated after the 1978 revolution and has been converted into a quirky and fun museum celebrating the wonder of reflection. Some fine examples of mirrors and lamps are on display, and a photo booth, featuring opposing mirrors, provides for the ultimate photo. Despite its name, the museum’s highlight is neither mirror nor lamp but a superb piece of plaster work in the shape of a curtain. It took the 46-year-old master craftsman four years to complete. There are 124 items in the museum that can be grouped into six categories: 1. Fat – burning items including: installations, hung, handy, and floor fat – burnings; 2. Candles: installations, hung, handy, and floor candles; 3. Oil lamps; 4. Gas lamps; 5. Electric lights; and 6. Mirrors. Interestingly, the oldest thing in the museum is related to fat – burning items dating back to Sassanid era. In the museum, we can also see collections of manual scripts, weapons, coins, books, stamps, locks, horse bits (dating back to the second millennium BC) and some bronze items from Poland.


The building of museum is a belvedere in the center of a garden. In a vast garden with a pool in center, several rooms decorated in stucco and mirror works in front of the pool have embraced the nested corridors and spring house which are totally constructed at the time of Pahlavi I. In this museum, calligraphic collections, guns, coins, books, stamps, locks, a bridle (of the second millennium BC.), samples of Lurestan’s bronze, endowed works of the deceased Seyed Hossein Heidari (a Yazdi collector) and some other articles are displayed. This museum is located in Kashani Yazdi Street opposite Yazd’s Haft-e-Tir Park.

The architecture of this place is a combination of Persian and European traditional architecture inside the building is interesting too, as it is like a maze. Besides the beautiful Āina-kāri, all of the rooms have breath-taking stucco and painting. Also, windows are decorated with colorful glasses, an indispensable item of Persian architecture. Also, the wooden doors of the museum will catch your eyes too. You can see a range of fascinating objects from different historical eras in the Museum of Mirrors and Lighting such as Old manuscripts, books, coins, stamps, guns, and several bronze objects from Lorestan. Various types of mirrors, lights, matches, and weapons are displayed in this museum. One of the most attractive parts of the museum is the collection of matches from all over the world. Also, an old lamp collection is really worth visiting.

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