Frederic and Isabel Church were well traveled and envisioned a home that had elements of design they'd seen in Beirut, Jerusalem and Damascus. The Persian style home encompasses many of the ideas they loved from their trips to the Middle East.
These truly were the most spectacular views we experienced on our trip! Look at those colors!
You can read much more about Church and Olana at www.olana.org. There's even a virtual tour of some of the rooms in the house.