Golestan Palace
Tehran . Golestan palace

The Golestan Palace literally the flower land Palace is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran’s capital city. It is also one of the oldest historic monuments in Tehran, and of world heritage status. It is a masterpiece of beautiful garden and buildings consist of collection of Iranian crafts and European presents from 18th and 19th century.

The palace was built during the Qajar dynasty’s rule when they moved their capital to Tehran, what today has become known as Golestan Palace really is a massive complex made up of a series of buildings, many of which are today separate museums (meaning that you’ll have to pay admission separately for each one). It’s originally a Safavid citadel and then the Tehran residence of another King of Iran, Karim Khan Zand. The current palace was commissioned by Nasser al-Din Shah in the late 1800s

The palatial complex was expanded several times to build more lavish audience halls and extended personal chambers for the royal family members. One of the main parts of the palace that you’ll probably venture into is the Ivan-e Takht-e Marmar, which is a large mirrored and marble audience hall with a grand throne. Built by the Qajar King Fath Ali Shah, the throne is supported by several carved figures and made of alabaster that was mined in and around the region of Yazd, Iran. This particular hall was used for lavish royal occasions including the coronation of Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1925. Other parts of the Golestan complex worth seeing are the Versailles-inspired Hall of Mirrors and several of the art galleries with both Persian and European-style paintings.

These of course are just the highlights. There is plenty more to see at Golestan Palace and so it’s probably best to dedicate at least 3-4 hours here, if not more.

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