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The Golestan Palace in Tehran is on top of the list when it comes to must-sees in Iran. The “Palace of flowers” is a true masterpiece of the Qajar era, one the oldest of all historic monuments in the capitol of the Islamic Republic and since mid 2013 listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Believe me, from all the enchanting places that I visited on my travels through the beautiful country of Iran (and there are tons!), this place is definitely one, that deserves this title.
A panoramic view of one of the building of the Golestan Palace in Tehran.
Just a short walk from Imam Khomeini Square, the lavish and impressive Golestan palace (Persian: کاخ گلستان, pronounced “Kakheh Golestan”) and Golestan palace museum is made up of several grand buildings that were once owned by the Persian ruling family, the ancient citadel of Tehran and are set around a carefully manicured garden featuring some nice pools as well as planted areas (Golestan means “floral”).
Covering 17 palaces, museums, and halls in total, this place with all its detailed ornaments, massive wind towers and golden cupolas embodies the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences.
Or in other words: it is a result of roughly 400 years construction and renovations. The buildings at the contemporary location each have a unique history.
The Golestan Palace in Tehran is stunning: With walls and ceilings made out of mirror
Inside the pageantry is just incredible: spacious rooms, the most beautiful paintings, massive wooden dining tables, mirrored walls, marble-carvings, tile-work, stucco, enamel, woodcarvings, lattice windows, gold and glitter simply everywhere.
It’s just a huge wow-factor wherever you look at. That’s the good news…
Stunning Golestan Palace in Tehran: What you see here is a mosaic made of glass
The bad news is, that in most buildings of the Golestan Palace your are not allowed to take pictures. Therefore, unfortunately, I had no chance to capture all the beauty of this place from the inside for you. Sorry for that!
But no worries. I’ve found something else that is no less impressive: THE INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL FACADES!
A walk through the park of Golestan Palace in Tehran
I pretty sure, that even from the outside the buildings of the Golestan Palace will leave a long lasting impression on everyone that comes to visit. With countless colorful motifs of hundreds of glazed tiles in all conceivable colors.
Some are small and rich in detail, other really magnificent, some tell stories or just have a pattern that you could use directly as wallpaper. Or as a gift wrap. Timeless. Beautiful.
There is no other thing to say, but the Golestan Palace in Tehran is definitely the most perfect place to take a stroll in this huge city full of people and traffic hams and just enjoy all the beauty. I’m pretty sure the following images speak for themselves.
Tiles, tiles, tiles: details of the Golestan Palace in Tehran
Hard Facts about the Golestan Palace in Tehran, Iran:
Address of the Golestan Palace in Tehran:
Street Ark Sq, at the heart of old Tehran. The complex is bordered on the north by the Ministries of Finance and Justice, on the east by Naser Khosrow St, on the west by Davar Street, and along its southern edge, it’s one block from Panzdah-e Khordad Ave.
Underground to Golestan Palace in Tehran:
Entrance & Entrance fee of Golestan Palace in Tehran:
Main access to the complex is from Panzdah Khordad Square on the southwest corner.
Admission is not expensive but you must buy a separate ticket for each building at the front gate.
It costs 50.000 Rial for each building. (Prices can change of course.)
Opening hours of Golestan Palace in Tehran:
Fri, Sat & Mon-Wed from 9am – 3.30pm
Planning a trip? Check out my favorite Iran travel guides:
I had good experiences with Lonely Planet Iran – I think it is still the best traveler’s bible for backpacking Iran. Besides another very useful Iran travel guide by Bradt, there are two interesting books called Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic and Iran Empire of the Mind: A History from Zoroaster to the Present Day that gives you a good overall understanding of Iran and Old Persia.
More Articles on Iran Travel:
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• Solo Travel in Iran? Traveling the country as a Western Woman
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