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The Belle Haven Club
Greenwich, CT
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:30 — 9:30 PM

Persian gardens have long held a special fascination and influence on garden design in Western civilization. As expressions of spirituality, romance, power, and prestige, these gardens are central to Persia’s great heritage. The oldest existing garden, Pasargadae, was created by Cyrus the Great over 2,500 years ago. In a fascinating and illuminating lecture, Persian gardens and their development through the centuries and their influence on the gardens of Mughal India will be traced by Dr. James L. Wescoat, Jr., Aga Khan Professor of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, MIT. Distinguishing and innovative design characteristics of Persian gardens — including their ingenious use of water features — will be highlighted. As secluded havens for spiritual contemplation and refreshment, Persian gardens truly embody paradise on earth.


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