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Golestan Palace, Tehran

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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A persuasive testament to the wealth and glory of Qajarian kings, Golestan Palace, also known as "Roseland Palace" features carefully landscaped gardens surrounded by impressive historic buildings. Inspired by the grandness of European palaces, Nasser al-Din Shah started to build this complex on the site of an earlier Safavid-era citadel from the mid-19th century. The complex--which is a listed World Heritage Site--boasts 17 edifices, including residential palaces, halls used for coronations and royal weddings, and museums. See the collections of royal portraits, decorative arts, ethnic costumes, and presents from European royalty. Compare the photographs of court life to pictures of everyday life in 19th century Iran. The highlights include a royal throne of yellow alabaster supported by human and demon figures and the famous hall of mirrors. A visit to Golestan Palace represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tehran tour planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Beautiful atmosphere once inside the compound. An open space of wonderfully laidout garden surrounded by various palaces. There are like 8-10 different tickets at the main gates. There are two of them...  read more »
  • After the traffic jams, the downtown crowd, nothing beats to go to rest in this garden and visit the magnificent Palace, former royal Qajar Palace in the center of its citadel. Known as the Palace of flowers, it is aptly named, the mosaics are very colored and dotted with roses. I'm still amazed in front of the marble Palace or reflected thousands of small mirrors and its incredible chandeliers. There are 2 buildings to visit. It's a place steeped in history... and then a little rest on a bench in front of the tank... it's so quiet
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  • You have to buy the entrance for each part of the palace complex seperately, make sure you have around 1million riyals per person if you want to see all parts, and some more for food/drinks in there i...  read more »
  • It is completely a masterpiece. Despite locating at one of the busiest districts of Tehran, the whole complex and surrounding area give you a very relaxing time, suitable for resting and enjoying the gardens there. The palace is full of precious stuff, details are very magnificent and maintained well. There are so many halls that you can visit there and although it might be gruelling, it worths the effort. The only negative point was that there was no guide there so take a look at its background and history for better understandings.
  • Golestan Palace is a Must See place in Tehran. It belongs to Qajar dynasty and you could see amazing architecture, art, buildings and their quite interesting purposes, art galleries with breath taking photos from Kamal Almolk and so many other things. At the entrance you will be offered tickets for access to 10 different places in the palace. There are about 7 or 8 amazing buildings around the palace and several art galleries and also photo gallery inside the old buildings. The tiles on the walls tell you stories... they are colorful as heaven. You cannot believe the amount of details in these tiles on the walls. You need a good 6 to 8 hours to see the whole palace. You need more time if you wanna go to the details of the art crafts inside the palace. There was no tour guide and you should either come with your designated tour guide or in the times when a tour guide is available. You should definitely have a walk in the garden and get the feeling of Naser Alddin shah. He was mesmerized by the culture in Europe and one of the kings who sold parts of the Iran for his lavish expensive travels. You could see a letter in Farsi from Queen Victoria, Princess of India to Nasser Aldin Shah! Go through the photos and paintings for sure. In the museums as well as in the palace. Another big figure of the palace complex is "Shams Ol Emareh" or The House of Sun. It is an amazing strange building. Check out the ceilings and the arts into them. It was built based on European 4 story buildings and for a short time has been the highest building in Tehran. The surrounding of the palace is also very interesting. The Ark mosque and also The Grand Bazzar. It is full of tourists... It is suggested to the tourists that you go with a local person. It is fully safe per se, just to be safer.
  • Must see for tourists and locals alike. The opulence and attention to detail are breathtaking. Unfortunately you are forbidden to take pictures in most of the internal exhibits. But it is worth the visit.
  • Great architecture! it has a lot to say about contemporary Iran history including the coronation of the two kings of Pahlavi.
  • Beautiful set of buildings, entrance fees are getting more expensive with every passing year, but one of the best historical sights in Tehran.
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