Niavaran Complex (Niāvarān) is a historic cultural palace north of Tehran (Shemiran), Iran. It consists of several buildings in a wide, flourishing garden, dating back to the Qajar and Pahlavi periods.
Niavaran Complex and Sa’dabad Complex were the main governmental center in the Pahlavi era, specifically in the second Pahlavi period, Mohammad Reza Shah.
To learn more about this historic cultural palace, Niavaran Complex, follow this Iran travel guide Center article.
Overlook of Niavaran Complex
Accessibility: The nearest station, whether Tehran Metro or any bus and (bus rapid transit network in Iran) BRT stop, is Tajrish. To reach Tajrish square, take metro line 1 (color-coded red) or BRT 7 (color-coded dark green) and drop off at Tajrish Square.
Henceforth, take a taxi to Shahid Bahonar (Niavaran) square. From there, you must take 5 minutes of walking to get to the Niavaran Complex. Another easiest way is taking an exclusive taxi called Snapp Taxi (Iranian Uber).
Opening Days and Hours
The first half of the year: 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. Ticket sales only open until 6 P.M. Second half of the year: 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Ticket sales only open until 4 P.M.
Niavaran Complex is open every day of working days but not on these dates:
- 4th and 6th of June
- 30th of September
- 1st of October
- 17th of November
- 9th of July
Entrance Fee: The main entrance of the complex and Niavaran Palace and Jahan Nama Museum require 500,000 RLS. Other entrances require 1000,000 RLS each (UPDATED ON DECEMBER OF 2021).
Niavaran Complex is located in 11 hectares of Niavaran garden. This building, first being constructed by the command of Fath-Ali Shah of the Qajar dynasty for his summer residency.
Niavaran Complex was constructed near a village called Gord-e Vey instead of canebrakes. The following Qajar king, Mohammad Shah, made the development and construction of the building.
Naser al-Din Shah, the next Shah of the Qajar dynasty, commanded to build his own palace, Saheb Qaranieh. The last but not the least court made in the Qajar era was Ahmad Shahi Pavilion. In the Pahlavi eras, some buildings were destroyed.
Finally, Niavaran Complex and this historic cultural palace have been built modernly to accommodate Shah and his family.
Niavaran cultural-historic palace and Sa’dabad Complex were jointly run together until 1999. The quadrangle shape of the palace and its internal architecture are inspired by Iranian designs.
This Complex has become conquered by the revolutionary forces in 1978. Since then, in 1997, the government of Iran decided to put Niavaran cultural-historic palace in public.
In addition to the buildings, museums are included in the Complex.
• Jahan-Nama Museum: in Persian, Jahan-nam means that which reflects the whole world. This museum embraces all the relics gifted to Pahlavi or the antiques they’ve provided from all over the world.
• Royal library museum: in addition to the books, the piano and audio equipment use the space as a music room.
• Exclusive car museum of Niavaran palace: Pahlavi Family special cars are shown here.
• Garden of the inscription museum contains 43 inscriptions in different languages from different periods.
More info about the Cultural Historical Palace of Tehran, Iran
Saheb Qaranyeh and Hoz-Khaneh are closed for pathological studies; therefore, if you’re planning to visit those places, make sure they are open.