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The Sheik Baha’i House was 1996 entered as No. 1756 in the “Asare Meli”, as a national cultural monument.

It is located west of the Djame-Mosque (Masjede Jame’, built 1300) in one of the oldest parts of Esfahan.

The house has eleven decorated rooms (Otagh-é sinati), a kitchen with Nourgier, a cellar wit a Hos-Khaneh, a roof terrace and a garden with two Baghtesché.

Originally the house belonged to the aunt, Sejnab Soltan Beygom, of Shah Abbas (the first king of the Safawiden dynasty 1502-1722). After her death in 1017 (ghamari) the Shah Abbas gave Sheik Baha’i the house as a present, under the condition that the religious Sheik prayed five times a day for the soul of his aunt.

The Sheikh lived here to his death in 1620 and the ownership went to the heirs.

In 1994 the Djalali family bought the house which was mostly ruinous. With the help of old craftsman masters like Usta Reza-Aazami (Mogharnass-works), Usta Rasam

(painting-works), Usta Ilia (tile-works) and others the house was completely restored with great effort in three years. Since then Mr. Djalali and his wife have lived in the house.

1999 UNESCO nominated the house for the category „most beautiful house in Asia“.

2005 the Djalali family was honored by the “Sasman-é Miras-é Farhangi” (cultural heritage administration) for their efforts.

The professional restoration of the Sheik Baha’i House became a showcase for other restorations of historical buildings in Isfahan and the whole Iran. With love, patience and idealism the Djalali family managed to maintain this historical heritage.

Archaeological results proof that the house’s basis originates from the era of the Seljukian. Parts of the house, the “Talar” (Schahneschin), were built in the first part

of the Quadjaren dynasty (1779-1925), the mirror room at the end of this period. Most of the accommodations were built in the Safawiden dynasty.

During the restoration furthermore a subsurface corridor was detected, which directly leads to the Sheik’s bath house(Hamam-é Scheich Baha’i). The heirs still can remember how they went to the bath through these corridors. In one cellar part one also found laboratory documents of the Sheik and one assumes that he held his scientifical experiments with methane gas, which he also used to heat the bath, there.