Golestan Palace is the oldest historic monument in the city of Tehran. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and also one of the best popular places to visit. It belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran’s Arg (“citadel”). It consists of gardens, royal buildings, and collections of Iranian crafts and European presents from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The palace is full of spectacular halls each allocated to a special event and ceremony. Passing through Karimkhani Hall, you would reach Salam Hall or Talar-e Salam in the north-west of Golestan Palace. Since first, the hall was established to be a museum and it is believed that Naser-al Din shah spent his free time decorating and changing the place of the objects shown in the hall.
According to the visitors, the architecture and decoration of Salam Hall is one of the best in the world and depicts the glory and magnificence of the place as well as possible. The ceiling and the walls were designed with stunning plaster works and the floor was carpeted with painted tiles with different colors and paintings. There is a very big table in the middle of Talar-e Salam which is covered with gold. On both sides of the table there also are gold covered armchairs.
During the Pahlavi era (1925–1979), the Golestan Palace was used for formal royal receptions, and the Pahlavi dynasty built their own palace (the Niavaran Complex) in Niavaran. The most important ceremonies held in the palace during the Pahlavi era were the coronation of Reza Shah (r. 1925-1941) on the Marble Throne and the coronation of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (r. 1941-deposed 1979) in the Museum Hall.