Qajar and Pahlavi Periods
Tehran’s Cultural Treasures
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Welcome to Tehran, the political, economic and cultural capital of Iran. The city of colorful lights, intriguing sounds and never-ending motion. Tehran is the capital of Iran, The population of the city is almost 14 million with a metropolitan area population of approximately 17 million. Join us to show you Tehran beyond your expectations.
In the morning we go to visit Sa’dabad Palace. The Saadabad Palace is located in the North of Tehran, Shemiran area. The complex was first inhabited by Qajar monarchs and royal family in the 19th century. After an expansion of the compounds, Reza Shah lived there in the 1920s and his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi moved there in the 1970s. After the Iranian Revolution, the complex became a museum. However, the current presidential palace is located adjacent to the Sa’dabad compound.
Currently, parts of the Saadabad Palace compound are museums, in which visitors can roam through and look at the rich history of Iran, and some parts of the compound are used by the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization which is responsible for most of the artifacts, locations, and cultural aspects of Iran. Also, the palace named “Kakhe Malakeye Madar” (the Palace of Mother Queen) nowadays belongs to the presidency organization, and hosts the president’s foreign guests.
Then we head up to World Heritage Site, the lavish Golestan Palace. Built during the Qajar Dynasty that rose to power in the late 1700’s, this fabulous walled complex is centered on a landscaped garden with tranquil pools.
Many of the elements you’ll admire today date to the 19th century when local Qajari architects and artisans were looking to integrate traditional Persian style with elements of Western and Russian origin. The palace buildings are among the oldest in modern Tehran and they are still regarded as a crowning achievement of the Qajar era.
Today you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant we’ve selected for its delicious Persian cuisine and friendly ambiance. The Iranian people are gregarious by nature and some of your fellow diners, once they hear you speaking English, may ask where you’re from!
In the afternoon, you’ll go to see National Museum of Iran which is an institution formed of two complexes, including the Museum of Ancient Iran and Islamic Era.
We will drop you off at your hotel OR city center (Whichever is convenient to you).
Airport transfers are not included for city tours.
If you would like to book this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made in cash on delivery to our tour guide rather than in advance.
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