English Language Tour to Tehran’s Sa’dabad Palace

The Safir Language Academy is holding a one-day English tour to Tehran’s Sa’dabad Complex this weekend.

Sa’dabad Palace is a cultural and historical complex that covers an area of 110 hectares in northern Tehran. First built and inhabited by the Qajar monarchs in the 19th century, the complex includes 18 palaces in a unique and astonishing garden. The Complex was later used by Reza Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty in the 1920s. His son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was Iran’s last Shah lived in the complex in the 1970s. So it is fair to say that there is no better place to see the lifestyle of the ‘Last Shah’ than the Sa’dabad Palace Complex.

During the Pahlavi era, northern Tehran transformed into wealthy suburbs. Following the Islamic Revolution in 1979 the palace complex has been converted into many museums, housing various royal treasures which makes a pleasant half day around the park.

The museums display many historical artifacts and documents that reflect Iran’s rich cultural history. While the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) manages the public areas, certain parts are currently utilized for presidential affairs such as hosting foreign dignitaries.

The Sa’dabad Palace Complex has 18 Houses remaining from Qajari and Pahlavi era which are:

  1. Ahmad Shahi House (currently Women’s Basij)
  2. Green House (currently Sabz or Shahvand House)
  3. White House (currently Mellat Museum, residence of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Farah Diba)
  4. Museum of Natural History (currently special House by Presidential Office)
  5. Black House (currently Fine and Visual Arts Museum)
  6. House of Shams (currently Museum of Anthropology)
  7. House of Ashraf (currently Glassware and Handicrafts Museum)
  8. House of Gholam Reza Pahlavi (currently Government Agency Building 36)
  9. House of the Mother Queen (currently Presidential Office)
  10. House of Ahmad Reza Pahlavi son of Reza Shah (currently Government Agency)
  11. House of Abdol Reza son of Reza Shah (currently Administration Complex)
  12. Bahman Pahlavi son of Gholamreza (currently Training Centre)
  13. House of Shahram (currently Military Museum)
  14. House of Faradeh Ghotbi mother of Farah Diba (currently Museum of Artistic Creations)
  15. House of Reza Pahlavi (currently Museum of Behzad)
  16. House of Reza Pahlavi (currently Museum of Dafineh)
  17. House of Farahnaz and Ali Reza Pahlavi (currently Emad Museum)
  18. House of Leila Pahlavi (currently Abkar Museum)

The tour will be conducted by Safir Academy in English on Thursday, October 18 from 8:30 am to 13:00 pm and it will cost 600,000 IRR. It includes transportation via a tourist bus, entrance fee, English speaking tour guide, snacks and insurance.

You can buy tickets on Tiwall.com or simply from here.

Tiwall.com is a Persian-only website, so if you cannot read the script, do get a local friend to help you with the process.

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