Iranian Majlis


Also known as the People's House, the country's legislative body occupies a compound that is defined by the modern pyramid-shaped debating chamber where the 290 elected members sit. It's all strictly off-limits, with security cameras and signs warning against exterior photography; you can get a reasonable view of the building when exiting the metro station.

Facing onto Baharestan Sq itself is the original building used for the Majlis from 1906 to 1979.

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2. Masoudieh Palace


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3. Tejarat Bank

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5. Treasury of National Jewels

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