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Niavaran Palace Complex, Tehran

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Take a peek into the life of Persian royals at Niavaran Palace Complex, a series of residences built for various Shahs of the Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties. The complex originated in the late 18th century, when Fath-Ali Shah used it as a summer home, and numerous buildings were added to it until the overthrown of the Iranian monarchy in 1979. Take a tour of the lush garden and the historic mansions to see how the Shahs lived, and admire an array of relics, art pieces, elegant furniture, and personal items that belonged to members of the royal families. Make Niavaran Palace Complex a centerpiece of your Tehran vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tehran itinerary builder.
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  • Are you dying to know how Pahlavi family lived? Ok, let's go to this palace. Glory, Jewelries, royal furniture and clothes are all together. The ticket price is a little high, but it worth it.  more »
  • As there are so many sights in Teheran this is one where one also can escape from the crowd and walk in the shadow under the trees. Went there from Dar Abad valley (closed due to Ramadan). Funny to re...  more »
  • The palace is very plain on the outside but opulent inside. It was a modern palace for a modern family. There are a number of state rooms which were lavishly decorated but also a small room where the ...  more »
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  • I preferred Saad Abad Complex for a more complete feeling for the opulent royal lifestyle, plus Niavaran was built to bring in modernity, which for many Westerners like myself is not something unique any more. I was told Niavaran was picked over a lot by the royal family when they fled Tehran and also by looters. That being said, the bathrooms seemed to be untouched and I really enjoyed seeing the royal children's stickers and personal touches in their suite of rooms. The gardens (with many tall and old trees) were nice to walk through and the nearby Niavaran Park has a kid's playground, for those with families. Niavaran is easier to walk than Saad Abad, but if you had to choose one, I'd recommend Saad Abad to Niavaran any day.
  • the palace and general admission are worth the money, as the interior is in perfect shape. All in all, the park is good for calming down in this pulsating city and the palace is a good demonstration of monarch's life in pre-revolution Iran.
  • Beautiful outdoor area, great Cafe with lovely weather year round. Make sure to see the private art collection of Farah.
  • Other than visiting the palace, having a breakfast in the cafe is a must! Great food and outdoor space. Some staff were not friendly though.
  • Great place to go. Especially for photographers!

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The northern districts of Tehran possess a more suburban, cosmopolitan feel, and a more spacious form, with a number of accommodations geared towards international tourism. Luxury hotels with pools overlooking the parks sit alongside some more basic and humble offerings, usually located on the lesser side streets. The southern districts offer a livelier experience, where guesthouses, hostels, and simple hotels line the confusing bundle of winding streets. Of course, some areas of the south open up a little, and here you'll find a good number of standard and mid-range hotels with varying levels of amenities.
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