Built in the late 1800s Golestan Palace in Tehran combines traditional Persian architectural styles with a strong French influence. It’s a sizeable complex, now home to a dozen museums.The palace is set around a substantial courtyard and gardens with pools of green water, green lamps, bird song, and taped music.
Behind huge white curtains lies the marble throne veranda, complete with said throne and a dazzling array of mirrors. This was a taster for the even more bling Hall of Mirrors inside where unfortunately photography is not allowed. The modern building behind is an unfortunate addition.