Golestan UNESCO Palace in Tehran, trip to Persia

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The lavish & exquisite Golestan Palace mostly date back to Qajar era in the late 1700’s consists of series historical buildings centered on a landscaped garden enclosed within the mud-thatched walls in the heart and historic district of  Tehran, Capital of Iran. This splendid palace represents a unique style for its time, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. Originally Golestan Palace has trace of belongings to Saffavid era but following extensions and additions, it received its most characteristic features and rich ornaments by the 19th century by Qajars. Golestan Palace was nominated for and then granted the title of UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013.

 Tehran Golestan UNESCO Palace

History of Golestan Palace

The story of Golestan Palace begins by well-known Saffavid dynasty. Golestan Palace was built during the reign of Tahmasb I (1524-1579) of the Saffavid Dynasty (1502-1736) and was later renovated by karim khan Zand (1750-1779). Later during the Qajar dynasty, Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar (1742-1797) chose Tehran as his capital. Golestan Palace became the official residency of the Shah, who rebuilt it and supplemented with new buildings. During Pahlavi era (1925-1979) Golestan Palace was used for formal royal receptions. The most important ceremonies to be held in the palace during the Pahlavi era were the coronation of Reza Khan (1925-1941) in Takht-e-Marmar and coronation of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1941-1979) in the museum Hall. In its present status, Golestan palace is the result of roughly 400 years construction and renovations. At present, Golestan Palace complex consists of eight key palace structures mostly used as museums and the eponymous gardens, a green shared centre of the complex, surrounded by an outer wall with gates. Today Golestan Palace contains different edifices of Talar-e-Aineh, Talar-e-Almas, Talar-e-Salam, Howz-Khaneh, Khalvat-e-Karim Khani,…

  Golestan Palace in Tehran

About Golestan Palace

Goestan Palace at Tehran, Iran, has originally been a beautiful big garden where King Nasireddin used to walk. Once, when he was walking, he decided to build a museum for his jewelries. A week later, the construction began and lasted for 5 years. The King visited the building and was impatiently waiting for it. Finally, the Golestan Palace was completed in1844. Then, the king ordered Shams-ol Emareh edifice to be built on the east of the Palace to expand the complex. Shams-ol Emareh was the most beautiful and the tallest building at that time. The Shams-ol Emareh, meaning the sun edifice, was erected in five storey in a style blending Iranian and European architectures. The outer façade is tile-worked and the interior space is decorated with unbeatable mirror and stucco decorations. Therefore, the complex of Golestan Palace represents an important example of the mergin of Persian arts & architecture with European style & motifs. 

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Attractions in the vicinity of Golestan Palace:

1. Iran National Museum
2. Grand Bazaar
3. National Jewelry Museum

Tehran Hotels near Golestan Palace:

Shahriyar Hotel 
Ferdowsi Grand Hotel


What is the best time to visit?

The palace is opened for visitors every day, from 9:00 till 17:30 (tickets till 16:30) in summer and from 9:00 till 16:30 (tickets till 15:30) in winter.

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