Tehran has a long history as the capital of Iran, and in this history, many rulers and officials build stunning palaces and recreational homes. Some very well known, some lesser known. This article, unfolded in three parts, provides you all the info you need to visit Tehran’s three most famous palaces plus another gem in the city. From background information to the practical’s and suggested side activities, this article guides your way through the royal residences of the city!
Starting today with the first palace;
Located in the historical heart of the city, Golestan Palace is one of the most visited palaces in Iran. And for a reason! It’s a masterpiece of art and design from the Qajar era, registered by Unesco as cultural heritage. The interesting style of early Persian architecture and design combined with European influences is still an inspiration for Iranian artists and architects today.
Home to the Royal Qajar family in the 19th century, it was this ruler who made Tehran the capital city back in 1786! Expect intricate tile work, fancy interior design, spectacular mirror-work and Iranian bling that will most definitely leave you in awe. Be sure to stroll around the elegant garden as well, and to check out the tiled walls on the way to the exit. They make a great photo background!
The Golestan Palace opens 7 days a week from 09.00 to 17:30 from Jan-Jun and till 16:30 from Jul-Dec. Tickets can be bought at the entrance gate up to one hour before closing time.
Tickets to nine different sections can be bought separately. General admission is 150.000 Rial and an additional 150.000 Rial for the main halls, including the not to miss mirror hall. If you like Iranian painting the Negar Khanh hall can also be worth a visit.
The palace, located on Arg square, can easily be reached by taxi, metro or by foot from the city center. Metro station Panzdah Khordad (red line, line 1) is just a three minute walk from the palace entrance.
With a four minute walk to the main entrance, the Golestan Palace is located just a stone throw away from the Grand Bazaar. This is an attraction on itself and can be combined for an excellent day trip. Allow yourself to get lost in the maze of alleys in the old historical bazaar, which covers more than 10 kilometers in length! Gaze at the large copper section, the gold or spice market and of course the Iranian carpet shops. Be sure to ask directions from friendly shopkeepers to find the section you are looking for or to find your way back if lost. Best is to visit the bazaar in the morning, when it’s not too crowded, but still bustling.
Excited to learn more about Tehran’s palaces?! Be sure to read part two here.
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