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Golestan Palace in Tehran

The gardens and royal buildings of the glorious Golestan palace have seen many generations of Iranian royalties. Built during the two centuries of Qajar dynasty’s rule over Iran, Golestan palace was later used for formal meetings in Pahlavi era. Both Reza Shah and his son Mohammad Reza were crowned in Golestan palace, although they built their own royal palaces in the north of Tehran (Niavaran and Sa’dabad palace). The royal complex used to house many more historic structures but they were abolished under Reza Shah as part of the latter’s so-called modernization policy of the capital.

 

 

The current complex includes 17 structures surrounding a vast Iranian garden. Similar to most of Iranian royal palaces of the past, Golestan palace was built near the main center of commerce, Tehran Grand Bazaar. That means the palace is only a few walks away from Panzdah-e-Khordad metro station and many historic highlights of Tehran city center. Before we start our introduction of the different sections of Golestan palace, there are a few facts you should know. First of all, Golestan palace’s opening hours are from 9 AM to 6 PM all days except for Fridays when the palace closes one hour earlier at 5 PM. Then comes the entrance fee which is largely depended on which of the nine buildings of the palace you want to visit. To gain a better insight about the history and numerous sections of Golestan palace, you may get an online map of the complex. In the map and the brochure of the complex you will find seventeen different sections including palaces, halls and museums. The most favorite sections are Edifice of the Sun, Golestan Palace Hall of Diamonds (AKA Diamond Hall), Golestan Palace Mirror Hall, Containers Hall, Ivory Hall, Brilliant Hall, Salam Hall, Pond House, Museum of Gifts, Building of Windcatchers, Abyaz Palace, Karim Khani Nook (where you will find the tombstone of Naser ed Din Shah) and Marble Throne (the royal throne of Qajar monarchs). Apart from its obvious historic significance, Golestan palace is also one of the shining examples of Qajar architecture. In contrast to the royal palaces of the Pahlavi kings whose design is unmistakably European, here at Golestan palace everything, from the unassuming beauty of the gardens to the indescribable finesse of internal decorative embellishments, is redolent of tradition and authentic Iranian artistry of 18th and 19th century.

 

Golestan Palace in Tehran

Golestan Palace in Tehran

Golestan Palace in Tehran

Golestan Palace in Tehran

Golestan Palace in Tehran

Golestan Palace in Tehran

Golestan Palace in Tehran

 

 


8/8/2018 10:20:50 AM

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