Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Golestan Palace

It seems that I've been writing a lot of posts lately "in honor" of something. First, it was Iran's qualifying for the World Cup, then it was this past weekend's Supermoon, and today's post will make it 3- because just like the word of the day says, ta se nashe, bazi nashe.

Golestan Palace in Tehran officially gained UNESO World Heritage status this weekend! So this post is in honor of that. Kakhe Golestan, Palace of Flowers, was built in Tehran in the 16th century during the Safavid Dynasty. In the 19th century, it was the Qajar family who added the most characteristic features to the palace and made it their royal residence and seat of power.  

Even though the Pahlavi family had their own palace at Niavaran, Golestan continued to be used for important ceremonies including the coronations of Reza Khan and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. As you can see in the picture above, the building behind the palace is an eyesore next to the intricate architectural beauty of Golestan; however between 1925 and 1945, many of the buildings of the palace were destroyed and had modern commercial buildings erected in their places at the order of Reza Shah who didn't want the centuries old Golestan Palace to stifle the look and growth of an otherwise modern city. 

According to the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), 

The Golestan Palace is considered of Outstanding Universal Value because it is presented as the most complete and only remaining example of a royal palace which is an architectural masterpiece of the Qajar era.

It currently consists of eight key palaces that are now museums. Unfortunately because photography is forbidden inside, I only have pictures of the outside. The Golestan Palace website, however, has stunning photos of what lies inside as well as more historical information.

Golestan Palace now joins the list of Iran's other 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Emarat Badgir- Building of the Wind Towers

Signs for the different museums- Talar  Berelian (Hall of Brilliance), Talar Zoroof (Dishware Exhibition), Hoz Khaneh (Works of European Painters presented to Qajar kings), Talar Adj (Hall of Ivory)
This little guy found the best spot in all of Tehran to make his home!
If these trees could talk...


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