Because of its cool climate in the summers, it was often used as a summer residence by the kings and the royal family. Some members of the royal family lived in Sa’d Abad full time in different periods.
Some of the palaces, such as the Green Palace (the first Pahlavi king’s palace) was used as a guest house for visiting foreign guests, heads of state, etc. For example, the last foreign dignitaries to stay at Sa’d Abad’s Green Palace were Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter on their official state visit in the late 1970’s.
Several palaces in the Sa’d Abad complex are now open to the public as museums, apparently with a mission to convey the opulence, corruption and wasteful lifestyle of the former royal family’s lifestyle.
There are also a few other museums and exhibits on Sa’d Abad compund that contain military artifacts and collectibles from former royal and government sites, institutions and private homes. The palace grounds are also often used for seasonal and special concerts, art exhibits, and cultural events. For example, we saw a tribal rug festival that had been setup on the main visitor parking lot during June and July. 12 next › last »