The Saad abad Palace and museum complex in Tehran, is a palace built by the Pahlavi dynasty of Iran in the Shemiran area in north of Tehran and currently official residence of the President of Iran. The Saad abad Palace and museum complex was first inhabited by Qajar monarchs and royal family in the 19th century. After an expansion of the compounds, Reza Shah lived there in the 1920s. And his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi moved there in the 1970s.
After the Islamic Revolution in 1978, the Saad abad palace and museum complex became a museum. However, the current presidential palace is located adjacent to the Sad abad compound.
Review of Saad Abad complex
The Saad Abad Palace and Museum Complex set on 105 hectares of spectacular monutain-side parkland are in north of Tehran and near to darbad oasis. The Saad abad Palace and Museum Complex was once the Royal Home, there are more than 10 buildings scattered around the complex and this is one of the must see places between the Tehran Tourist Attractions.
There are 18 palaces inside the Saad Abad complex which is now 7 Palaces already changed and opened as a Museum. Some of the Museums in Saad Abad Palace and museum Complex are more interesting than others and you’ll need to decide where to go in advancese. below we mention different Palaces and museums that you expect to visit when Saad Abad Palace and museum Complex.
Palace Of the Nation (The White Palace): The two story White Palace was built between 1931 and 1936 and served as the Pahlavi Summer residence. The two bronze boots standing outside of the White palace are remains of a giant statue of Reza Shahe. The 5000 Sq meters, 54 rooms Palace is no versailles, instead it’s a modern building filled with interesting of extravagant furnishing, painting and vast made to measure fine persian carpets, the tiger pelt in the office, among the other subjects, reveals the Shah as a man of a dubious taste.
Green Palace (Shahvand Or Marble Palace): Was built at the end of the Qajar era and extensively remodelled by the order of Reza Shah Pahlavi, he lived here in the Green Palace only for a year, The Green Palace latter have been used as private reception hall at the upstair and residence in downstairs for the special guest. The design is over the top opulent with wall to wall mirrors in the appropriately names mirror hall.
Abkar Miniature Museum: The latest building in the Saad Abad Museum and complex that was once a summer palace for Leila Pahlavi, now, Displaying miniatures by the Miniaturist artist Clara Abkar
Farshchian Museum: This Palace was once a place that Reza Shah and his 4th Wife Queen Esmat were lived, latter converted to the kitchen and in the early 2000 opened as a Miniature Museum with works by Master Mahmoud Farshchian.
Museum Of Ethnological Research: The former Shams Pahlavi Palace converted to Museum With a few wax-works and ethnological artefacts.
Mir Emad Caligraphy Museum: Displaying fine Samples of Iranian Caligraphy from different periods
Museum Of Fine Arts (The Black Palace): This Museum is inside the of the more impressive buildings and houses of some charming Persian Oil Paintings dating back to the 18th century and some beautiful inlaid furniture
Military Museums: Is inside a Palace that belonged to Shahram, Shah’s nephew
Omidvar brothers Museum – The first Iranian world explorers
This Museum is displaying the adventures of The First Iranian World Explorer In 1954, Issa and Abdullah Omidvar, tow enthusiastic and daring Iranian brothers, desided to go beyond their countr’s boundaries adn discover the world.