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Golestan Palace

The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran, the Golestan Palace (Flower Garden Palace or Rose Garden Palace). Originally i citadel built during the Safavid dynasty (1524-1576). Agha Mohamd Khan Qajar (1742-1797) chose Tehran as his capital. The Arg became the site of the Qajar (1794-1925).Court and Golestan Palace became the official residence of the royal family. During the 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 (r. 1925-1941) in Takht-e Marmar and the coronation of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (r. 1941-deposed 1979) in the Museum Hall. In its present state, Golestan Palace is the result of roughly 400 years construction and renovations. The buildings at the contemporary location each have a unique history.

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Golestan Palace - Shamsol Emareh - Interior

Golestan Palace Shamsol Emareh - Interior

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Golestan Palace - Shamsol-Emareh - Exterior

Golestan Palace, Shamsol Emareh Pavilion Exterior

Shamsol Emareh Palace seen from Nasser Khosrow street. Shams-ol-Emareh (Edifice of the Sun) is the most stunning structures of the Golestan Palace. The idea of building a tall structure came to Nasser-ol-Din Shah from pictorial images of European buildings. The Monarch wanted a structure from which he could have panoramic views of the city. Construction on the Shams-ol-Emareh began in 1865 and was completed two years later. The building has two identical towers. The exterior views have multiple arches, intricate tile work and ornate windows. This building is a fusion of Persian and European architecture.

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Golestan Palace - Shamsol-Emareh - Exterior
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Golestan Palace - Salam Hall

Talar Salam (Reception Hall) was originally designed to be a museum. After the Takht-e-Tavoos (Iranian's famous Jeweled Peacock Throne) was moved to the Royal jewels collection at the Central Bank, this hall was designated to hold special receptions in the presence of the king, hence the name Talar Salam.

This hall has exquisite mirrors work. The ceiling and walls are decorated with plaster molding. The floors are covered with mosaic. During the reign of Nasser-ol-Din Shah, this hall was used to exhibit Iranian and European paintings alongside gifts presented to the Iranian court. Royal jewels were also exhibited inside glass cases. These jewels are now housed at the Royal Jewels Museum of the Central Bank.

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Golestan Palace - Salam Hall
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Golestan Palace - Marble Throne

The Marble Throne (Takht-e marmar) in Golestan Palace is a 250 year old royal throne in Tehran, Iran. The throne was built from 1747 to 1751 for Fat'h Ali Shah Qajar. It was designed by Mirza Baba Shirazi Naqqash-Bashi and royal stonecutter Ostad Mohammad Ibrahim Isfahani.The throne's supports are carved in the shape of men, women, fairies, and demons.

The Royal Balcony of the Marble Throne is said to be built during the reign of Karim Khan Zand but it has been changed several times during the Qajar period. The twin stone columns of the balcony were transferred to Tehran by the order of Agha Mohammad Khan from Shiraz.

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Golestan Palace - Ivory Hall

Golestan Palace Ivory Hall (Talar-e Aadj).

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Golestan Palace - Wind Catcher Pavilion Interior

Emarat Badgir (Building of the Wind Towers) was constructed during the reign of Fath Ali Shah (circa 1806). The building underwent major renovations, including structural changes, during the reign of Nasser-ol-Din Shah. A watercolor rendering by Mahmood Khan Malek-ol-Shoara depicts the original structure prior to renovations,.

The building is flanked by two rooms known as goshvar (earrings). There is a central room which boasts the finest stained glass window in Golestan Palace. Outside, there are four wind towers of blue, yellow and black glazed tiles and a golden cupola. The wind towers are constructed to allow the cooling wind to move through the structure.

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Golestan Palace - Wind Catcher Pavilion Interior
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Golestan Palace - Wind Catcher Pavilion Exterior

Emarat Badgir (Building of the Wind Towers) was constructed during the reign of Fath Ali Shah (circa 1806). The building underwent major renovations, including structural changes, during the reign of Nasser-ol-Din Shah. A watercolor rendering by Mahmood Khan Malek-ol-Shoara depicts the original structure prior to renovations,.

The building is flanked by two rooms known as goshvar (earrings). There is a central room which boasts the finest stained glass window in Golestan Palace. Outside, there are four wind towers of blue, yellow and black glazed tiles and a golden cupola. The wind towers are constructed to allow the cooling wind to move through the structure.

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Golestan Palace - Shamsol-Emareh - Vestibule

Golestan Palace, Shamsol-Emareh Vestibule.

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Golestan Palace - Stairways

Golestan Palace Salam and Ivory Halls stairways.

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Golestan Palace - Stairways
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Golestan Palace - Audience Hall Exterior

Golestan Palace, Exterior of the Audience Hall (Talar-e Salam) and the Ivory Hall (Talar-e Aadj)

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Golestan Palace - Karim Khani Sanctuary

Golestan Palace Karim Khani Sanctuary (Khalvat-e Karim Khani) and the tomb of the Nasereddin Shah Ghajar cut in a one piece marble stone.

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Golestan Palace - Karim Khani Sanctuary
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Golestan Palace - Courtyard

Golestan Palace courtyard, here opposite to the Salam Hall entrance.

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