Monday, April 19, 2010

Golestan, the Rose Garden Palace...

Another impressive and oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran worth visiting is the Golestan Palace, also popularly known as the Rose Garden. We visited this complex in August 2009 in a one-day tour organised by the Asean Ladies Circle (ALC) of Tehran.
The present complex of a group of buildings, once enclosed within the mud thatched walls known as the Arg or citadel of Tehran, is a result of about 400 years of construction and renovations, each having its own unique history. The construction of the palace is attributed to the Safavid Shah Abbas I, but later became the official royal residence of the Qajar family, Nassereddin Shah. Under the Pahlavi, the palace was used for formal royal receptions and important ceremonies such as the coronations of Reza Khan and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, New Year and birthday celebrations.
Today, most of the buildings are open to visitors and most of the main complexes are converted into museums. The major ones are the anthropology museum, Talar-e Almas (Hall of Diamonds), Aks-khaneh (house of photography), Howz-khaneh (house of piscine), Neggar-khaneh (picture gallery), Shams-ol Emareh (Edifice of the Sun) and Takht-e Marmar (Marble Throne Veranda) and Gushvareh rooms. One of the most interesting exhibit halls is the Kakh-e Abyaz or the White palace which is now an ethnological museum housing colorful exhibition of traditional Iranian costumes and folk arts.
Meanwhile, the palace garden offers an oasis of coolness and tranquility in the heart of the city with its finest plane tree, rose bushes, fountains and streams of water reminiscing the charm of ancient Persian gardens and relics of a bygone era.
Kakh-e of ethnology

intricate Iranian tile work of tents

relics of a bygone age...

ancient masterpieces...

Ashura hall...passion-play accessories

slipper and stocks

map of tribal costumes and dresses

Lurish women

Tehranian bride...Qajar period

Balouchi man

Mazandarani woman

Yazdi merchant

woman from Tehran

Khalvat-e Karim khani...a cosy corner of Karim Khan Zand

Negarkhaneh...Art gallery and painting exhibition

the front yard of Talar-e Aineh (Hall of Mirror)...
the most famous of the palace halls

serene garden

entrance to the Howz-khaneh

Shams-ol Emareh...most stunning structure of the Golestan Palace

Emarat-e badgir...building of the wind towers

charm of ancient Persian garden

backyard of the White Palace

oasis of coolness and tranquility

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