Golestan Palace: The Heart of Tehran

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Golestan Palace is a historic complex of buildings and gardens in Tehran, the capital of Iran. It was the official residence and seat of power of the Qajar dynasty, which ruled Iran from 1785 to 1925. The palace was originally built in the 16th century by the Safavid dynasty. Later the Qajar kings renovated and expanded it, especially Naser al-Din Shah, who was fond of European arts and architecture. The palace is a masterpiece of Persian art and culture, blending traditional elements with Western influences. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.

Golestan Palace is one of the most famous historical places in Tehran. Many tourists who come to Iran choose Tehran only as a destination to reach Iran. Then they go to see the historical cities, such as Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Tabriz, and the like. Most of them see Tehran as a polluted and crowded city. They do not spend time in its sightseeing and recreation area. But Tehran is a modern and pleasant city in the foothills of the Shemiranat mountains. If we had a true government, this city would become a great tourist spot by itself. Valiasr Street with spectacular trees, beautiful historical museums and palaces, cobblestone streets with a variety of local foods, and Tehran’s old market next to the old and pleasant neighborhoods of Darband and Darakeh and beautiful hiking trails, Kan and Soleqan mountains and river are all only a part of these beauties.

So if you had a trip to Iran, don’t skip Tehran.

On a summer day, I had gone to the market in Tehran to make a quick purchase in the historic Maravi Alley, a place that is the center of cosmetics. But I could not pass by Golestan Palace. The palace where important historical events took place: the coronation of several Qajar kings and Pahlavi kings, important historical contracts, loves and intrigues, deaths and births.

This visit took two and a half hours, but I will divide it into two or three videos so that you can see the details of this palace at your leisure. Compare it with the palaces of your country and learn beyond Persian.

Just a note: I have to apologize for the shaking of the camera. As I said, I was going to do a quick shopping and return, so I didn’t have the necessary equipment for filming, But I should have recorded this palace for you with my personal mobile phone.

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