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    Golestan palace in Tehran, Iran: a tiled beauty

    Iran - Golestan palace in Tehran, Iran: a tiled beauty

    Overview:

    Just a short walk from Imam Khomeini Square, the lavish and impressive Golestan palace (Persian: کاخ گلستان‎, pronounced “Kakheh Golestan”) and Golestan palace museum is made up of several grand buildings that were once owned by the Persian ruling family, the ancient citadel of Tehran and are set around a carefully manicured garden featuring some nice pools as well as planted areas (Golestan means “floral”).

    Covering 17 palaces, museums, and halls in total, this place with all its detailed ornaments, massive wind towers and golden cupolas embodies the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences.

    Or in other words: it is a result of roughly 400 years construction and renovations. The buildings at the contemporary location each have a unique history.

     

    A ceiling made of mirrors in the Golestan Palace in Tehran
    The Golestan Palace in Tehran is stunning: With walls and ceilings made out of mirror

     

    Inside the pageantry is just incredible: spacious rooms, the most beautiful paintings, massive wooden dining tables, mirrored walls, marble-carvings, tile-work, stucco, enamel, woodcarvings, lattice windows, gold and glitter simply everywhere.

    It’s just a huge wow-factor wherever you look at. That’s the good news…

     

    A impressive golden luster in the Golestan Palace in TehranA detailed wall made of mirrors and mosaics in the Golestan Palace
    Stunning Golestan Palace in Tehran: What you see here is a mosaic made of glass

     

    The bad news is, that in most buildings of the Golestan Palace your are not allowed to take pictures. Therefore, unfortunately, I had no chance to capture all the beauty of this place from the inside for you. Sorry for that!

    But no worries. I’ve found something else that is no less impressive: THE INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL FACADES!

     

    A walkway in the Golestan Palace in Tehran
    A walk through the park of Golestan Palace in Tehran

     

    I pretty sure, that even from the outside the buildings of the Golestan Palace will leave a long lasting impression on everyone that comes to visit. With countless colorful motifs of hundreds of glazed tiles in all conceivable colors.

    Some are small and rich in detail, other really magnificent, some tell stories or just have a pattern that you could use directly as wallpaper. Or as a gift wrap. Timeless. Beautiful.

    There is no other thing to say, but the Golestan Palace in Tehran is definitely the most perfect place to take a stroll in this huge city full of people and traffic hams and just enjoy all the beauty. I’m pretty sure the following images speak for themselves.

     

    A little framed ornament with colorful tiles in the Golestan Palace in TehranA modern looking wall with tiles in the Golestan Palace in TehranAn long wall with colored tiles in the Golestan Palace in TehranA colorful motif with a lion in the Golestan Palace in TehranShadows on a tiles motif in the Golestan Palace in TehranA wall full of motifs in the Golestan Palace in IranA close shot of tiles showing a dragon and a lion fighting in the Golestan Palace in TehranA wooden door in the Golestan Palace in TehranMany archways in the Golestan Palace in TehranA very detailed ornament with tiles in the Golestan Palace in TehranA close shot of colourful tiles in the Golestan Palace in Tehran
    Tiles, tiles, tiles: details of the Golestan Palace in Tehran

     

    Hard Facts about the Golestan Palace in Tehran, Iran:

    Address of the Golestan Palace in Tehran:
    Street Ark Sq, at the heart of old Tehran. The complex is bordered on the north by the Ministries of Finance and Justice, on the east by Naser Khosrow St, on the west by Davar Street, and along its southern edge, it’s one block from Panzdah-e Khordad Ave.

    Underground to Golestan Palace in Tehran:
    Panzdaeh Khordad

    Entrance & Entrance fee of Golestan Palace in Tehran:
    Main access to the complex is from Panzdah Khordad Square on the southwest corner.
    Admission is not expensive but you must buy a separate ticket for each building at the front gate.
    It costs 50.000 Rial for each building. (Prices can change of course.)

    Opening hours of Golestan Palace in Tehran:
    Fri, Sat & Mon-Wed from 9am – 3.30pm

     

    source: Anekdotique Journeytelling stories


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    Patrimonito

    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.