Mostowfi House

Mostowfi house belongs to the Qajar dynasty reign. Mostowfi house is a complex containing a mosque, public bath, and a bridge.

The Mostowfi complex was built by the command of Mohammad Ali Mostowfi in the reign of Muzaffar-Al-Din Shah, the architect was Mohammad Taghi Memar.

The other places in the complex are the museum, restaurant, gallery of handicrafts, and photography studio. Mostowfi house now is used as the Information Department of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization. Mostowfi house is confirmed as the official center of UNESCO in Khouzestan Province.

Mostowfi house is famous for its restaurant. The traditional interior, Shadorwan River landscape, and traditional local food make it the main tourism site in Shushtar. Even the live music makes a perfect visitation to you.

Mostowfi house is divided into two sections as Zenana and Biruni with a view to Shadorwan weir-dam and the Shatit River, a branch from the Karun River.

Biruni section contains doorways, corridors, and rooms around and vestibule. Zenana section contains a central courtyard, alcove, porch, reception rooms in summer and winter classifications, and wind catchers. The structure’s material includes clay, brick, and stucco.

The main doorway located on the west side of the complex reaches the central courtyard through a narrow corridor with two rooms. The central courtyard is square-shaped and covered by rectangular bricks. There is an octagonal pool on the eastern side of the mansion. On this axis there is a pavilion and a rounded pool smaller than the other, the pavilion is decorated with the techniques of Karbandi and Rasmibandi.

Besides the eastern side of the mansion, there’s a wide flat porch. The porch has been built on two octagonal columns, two half-columns, and three barrel vaults. Some sections near the porch are divided into two stories. On the canopy, the porch encompasses three large wind catchers. The collateral wind catchers are octagonal and the middle one is quadrilateral. The central wind tower ventilates the porch and the others ventilate the sub cellar.

The northern side of the mansion surrounds a flat with a meter in height and eight meters in width. It operates as a corridor to link northwestern and southwestern parts to each other. The flat is established on nine rounded brick columns.