White Palace

White Palace information

Tehran , Iran
Valiasr Ave, Taheri St
Sa'd Abad Museum Complex
Complex entrance IR5000
Opening hours
8:30-16:00, to 17:00 summer
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What is now called the White Palace was built between 1931 and 1936 and served as the Pahlavi summer residence. The two bronze boots outside are all that remain of a giant statue of Reza Shah – he got the chop after the revolution. The 5000-sq-metre, 54-room palace is no Versailles. Instead it’s a modern building filled with a hodge-podge of extravagant furnishings, paintings and vast made-to-measure carpets. The tiger pelt in the office, among other things, reveals the shah as a man of dubious taste, though in fairness pelts were more in vogue in the 1950s.