Sa'dabad Complex

Tel: (98) 212-275-2031

Address: Tehran Province, Tehran, District 1, خیابان طاهری، Iran

Located in the suburbs, the Sa'dabad Complex was the residence of the last Persian king of the Pahlavi Dynasty and witness of Iran’s modern days. This palace was where Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi indulged himself in the royal extravagance when revolutionists were protesting against his authoritarian rule and overindulgence. After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi went into exile in the United States and has never stepped on his motherland ever again. The palace is now the official residence of the President of Iran and museums. Part of it is used as the office of the President while another part is museums which educates visitors about the history of Iran.

In the museum, you can read the history of the Pahlavi dynasty and the Iranian Revolution. The luxurious Mirror Hall is the best witness of history. Objects, clothing, vehicles and carpets that the last king had used are shown to everyone, reflecting the sybaritic lifestyle that Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi had. Exhibiting extravagant daily necessities is not to show how prosperous the empire was but criticise the king for craving for success while neglecting the livelihood of his people and religious traditions. The lavish museum is the best teaching material for a history class on Iran’s revolutions.