Golestan Palace

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The Golestan Palace is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran’s capital city, Tehran.
One of the oldest historic monuments in Tehran city, and of world heritage status. This monuments was surrounded by muddy walls of Tehran’s citadel. It consists gardens, royal buildings, and collections of Iranian crafts and European gifts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Tehran’s arg (“citadel”) was built during the reign of Tahmasp I (r. 1524–1576) of the Safavid dynasty (1502–1736), and was later reconstructed by Karim Khan of the Zand dynasty (r. 1750-1779). Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty (1742–1797) chose Tehran as his capital. The arg became the seat of the Qajars (1794–1925).
During the Pahlavi era (1925–1979), the Golestan Palace was used for formal royal receptions.
In between 1925 and 1945, Reza Shah ordered to destruction of large portion of Golestan’s buildings. In the place of the old buildings, commercial buildings with the modern style of 1950s and 1960s were constructed.

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