SA’D ABAD MUSEUM COMPLEX


Set  on 104 hectares of spectacular mountainside parkland, the Sa’d Abad Museum was once the royal summer home. What is now called the White Palace was built between 1931 and 1936 and served as the Pahlavi summer residence. it’s a modern building filled with a hodge-podge of extravagant furnishings, paintings and vast made-to measure carpets. The tiger pelt in the office, among other things, reveals the shah as a man of dubious taste, though in fairness pelts were more in vogue in the 1950s. Whatever you think of the furnishings, the White Palace was the height of luxury in its day.