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iwan

[ee-wahn] /ˈi wɑn/
noun
1.
a vaulted portal opening onto a courtyard: used often in Iranian mosque architecture.
Also, ivan, liwan.
Origin
< Persian īwān
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  • Major design elements of the palace include an arched open-fronted hall, or iwan, that leads to an inner domed chamber.

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