Melli or El Coli
you leave Tabriz, do not miss El Goli or the National Park (former
Shah Goli), a pleasant hillside garden and park around an
artificial lake to the area of 54,675 square meters in the style
of the much smaller Bagh-e Takht north of Shiraz or the Qasr-e
Qajar north of Tehran. El Goli, only 4 km south of downstream
Tabriz, is so lovely a place that it deserves an illustration. It
is a popular weekend resort for the locals.
A hill in the eastern side of the park leads down to the pool with
steps, and a fountain from top of the hill flows down to the pool.
In the center of the pool there is a grand hexagonal building. The
pool itself is said to have been built during the reign of Aq
Qoyunlu kings. However, it was extended by the Safavids. During
the rule of Qahraman Mirza, son of Abbas Mirza of Qajar dynasty,
it was fundamentally repaired. Recently a big park has been built
on the Airport Road, which attracts many visitors.