‘Golestan Palace, Tehran, Iran’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran is the Golestan Palace. “Gole’ or ‘Gul’ means a flower and hence it is the Palace of the flowers. This is one of the buildings that once were within the enclosed mud thatched walls of Tehran;’s historic Arg (citadel).The Complex consists of 17 palaces, museums, and Halls.

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It was the Qajars’ royal residence. Its garden radiates cool and peace. The major building, architecturally unpretentious, houses a museum with objects from the Qajar period in the self-important style of last century. In the Golestan garden, a one-story pavilion to the right and a short distance from the entrance, shelters one of the best organized museums in Tehran.

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It encloses about thirty showcases presenting almost everything related to Iran, which makes up the critical originality of Iranian life in the a variety of provinces of the country.

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Address: Panzah Kordad Square, Golestan Palace; Tel: 33113335-8; www.golestanpalace.ir (in Persian)

Photos, text & copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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