The magnificent Chowmahalla Palace complex, inspired by the Shah of Iran's palace in Tehran, was built more than 200 years ago by the Nizams of Hyderabad. The palace complex, influenced by European and Persian architectural styles, was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and it was here that state guests and royal visitors were entertained. Visit the northern courtyard, the council hall and the Durbar Hall. The northern courtyard (the only courtyard that is currently open to the general public) features Bara Imam, a long corridor of rooms on the east side that once housed the administrative wing, and the Shishe-Alat, or mirror image, which was once used for accommodating officials accompanying visiting dignitaries. The council hall also has a collection of rare manuscripts, while the Khilwat, or the grand Durbar Hall, is decorated with Mughal domes and ornate stucco work.