Although the original layout of the paths has been superseded by more recent landscaping, something of the peace and tranquility in this 18th century ceremonial palace used for entertaining foreign ambassadors remains. The curious statues beside the pool are reminiscent of earlier Achamaenid or Sassanian motifs and functioned as fountains. The reflective design gave the palace its name. The great roof is supported on twenty columns made from single Chenar Trees (Platanus orientalis) and the pool in front reflects these making the number up to 40. The name of the palace, Chehel Sotoon, means forty columns.