Tehran’s Golestan Palace: A Photo Essay
One of the highlights of Iran‘s capital city, Tehran, is one of its oldest clusters of buildings.
The lavish UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace complex is only what remains after the 20th century Pahlavi court razed some of the original buildings. The palace is the first and, so far, the only UNESCO Site in the modern city of Tehran, and still inspires Persian poets and architects.
“Golestan” means “rose garden,” and a lovely rose garden is indeed at its core. But there is such a treasure trove of decorative art adorning every inch of the palace that it far outshines the beauty of the garden. In the late 18th century, the leader of Iran’s Qajar Dynasty transformed Tehran’s original citadel into his royal court and residence, centering it on a classically-styled walled rose garden.
The Qajar family succeeded in combining increasing western influences with Persian arts, architecture and crafts in this richly decorated seat of government.
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Top photo: The Marble Throne in its regal setting, Golestan Palace in Tehran. Photo credit: Lindsay Fincher
PUBLISHED: May 3, 2016