Golestan Palace | One of the most beautiful palaces in Tehran

Golestan Palace | photo by: Diego Delso

Golestan Palace | photo by: Diego Delso


Dating back to about 400 years ago, Golestan Palace is one of the most magnificent historical complexes you can have your eyes captivated by. As a result, every year this place is visited by many locals as well as international tourists. Golestan Palace which was originally built in Safavid era, in the historical part of Tehran, had been altered and renovated during Qajar era, being impressed by European styles. The whole initial complex was formerly placed within Tehran’s arg long ago, back in the Safavid dynasty and many years later Qajar Dynasty resided the palace from 1794 to 1925.

Golestan Palace occupies about 4.5 acres and encompasses many elegant chambers, mansions, palaces and museums. You can be entirely entertained by visiting Shamsol Emare palace, Salam and Mirror Halls, Marble Throne, Karimkhani Nook, and many other places that each can disclose an unalloyed story of a Persian Prince or Princess.

During Pahlavi Dynasty the palace was mostly used for royal and formal ceremonies. Golestan Palace had been the setting for the coronation of many Persian Kings like Ahmad Shah, Mozafaredin Shah, Reza Shah, and Mohammad Reza Shah.

Due to the unique beauty and elegance of the architecture the palace was declared as one of the World Heritage Sites in 2007 by UNESCO.

Other places nearby

Since the palace is located on 15 Khordad street, you can have easy access to Tehran Subway for transportation to and from the palace. Hence, you can enjoy the chance of visiting some other historical places, if you schedule your time beforehand. The interesting places close to Golestan Palace which are worthwhile stopping by are Old Bazaar, historical building of Melli Bank, Gold Bazaar, Shah Mosque, and many more. You need to schedule a whole day if you want to visit the palace and a few other tourist attractions in its vicinity.

Days and hours to visit

Golestan Palace is open to public every day from 9 am to 6 pm except for some holidays.So if you want to get back to your country with unique memories of colorful tiles, Ainakari (mirror craft used in the construction), unique old Persian architecture, royal furniture and thrones, beautiful gardens, glorious chambers, and halls which can easily make you want to get back soon again, do not miss the chance of visiting the beauty of Old Persia in this complex.

The complex includes:

  1. Marble Throne
  2. Karimkhani Nook
  3. Pond House
  4. Brilliant Hall
  5. Containers’ Hall
  6. Ivory Hall
  7. Mirror Hall
  8. Salam Hall
  9. Diamond Hall
  10. Building of Windcatchers
  11. Shamsol Emareh
  12. Abyaz Palace
  13. Museum Hall

*Written by Fereshteh Shokouhi.


Official Website: Click here Entrance fee: 500.000 IRR
Wikipedia: Click here Name(s) in Persian: کاخ گلستان 
UNESCO Website: Click here Public transportation availability: Yes
Province: Tehran Accommodation availability: Yes
Phone: +9821 33113335 Facilities: Yes
Working days: All days Restaurant & Cafe availability: Yes
Opening hours: 9:30 AM-6:30 PMBest time to visit: All Seasons

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