(Persia Digest) – Niavaran is the name of a historic cultural complex in northern Tehran and a tourist attraction of the capital. The palace is situated in the midst of gardens, where nature is combined with history its every nook and cranny.

Niavaran Palace is a contemporary building with an Iranian-European design. Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi II, his spouse Farah, and their children resided at the palace prior to the 1979 revolution in Iran. The palace has two floors and a mezzanine, attracting many tourists with its architecture.

The design of this palace is modeled on Iranian architecture and a combination of art before and after Islam. Its quadrangle shape and the interior design depicts modern Iranian architecture.

You will get a glimpse of the life of Iran’s last king and living space, plus valuable and interesting works of art.

Initially, the palace was intended to cater to the Shah's guests; but eventually, it became home to the Pahlavi family. Presently, it is a museum for those interested in history.

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In 1958, one of the smaller palaces from Fathali Shah of Qajar’s time was demolished on the orders of Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi and the present palace was built in its place. The construction was delayed for a time, but it was completed in 1967.

The living room, dining room, parlor, private cinema, blue room, the private quarters of the Shah and Farah, the Shah’s den, and other areas are open to the public.

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