The Significance of Tehran's Qasr Prison

14 May, 2016 John Flint Iran Destinations Guide 1895 Views 30 Shares
The Significance of Tehran's Qasr Prison

The museum of Qasr Prison is a historical complex in the capital city of Tehran Iran. It's one of the oldest political prisons in Iran, but currently exists as a museum complex surrounded by a public park with artwork.




In the year 1798, Fathali Shah of the Qajar dynasty ordered a palace be built outside Tehran. However once he was gone it didn't receive much love and attention, so it's no surprise the palace became deserted. After 130 years passed the site was converted into a penitentiary facility called the Qasr Prison.

The site was most active during the regime of 'The Last Shah.' Many dissadents were disposed including thousands of progressive writers, politicians, lawyers, poets, religious figures, and academic scholars. Mohammad Reza Shah had imprisoned many political opponents in the Qasr Prison. The political prison was so popular that it needed to be significantly expanded. Since the Islamic Revolution to remove the Shah, the prison has since been converted into a museum and opened to the public. Perhaps turning the prison into a museum is a political statement (many Islamic revolutionaries were imprisoned here), however it's nonetheless a significant aspect of Iran's modern history. 




Fifteen More Reasons to Visit Tehran


  1. Sa’dabad Palace Complex

  2. Darband Valley

  3. Golestan Palace Complex (UNESCO Site)

  4. Tehran Grand Bazaar

  5. Iran National Museum

  6. The National Jewelry Museum

  7. Milad Tower in Tehran

  8. Azadi Tower (Borj-e Azadi)

  9. Carpet Museum of Iran

  10. Artists Park in Tehran

  11. Pahlevani and Zurkhaneh Rituals

  12. Imam Khomeini Shrine

  13. Tochal Mountains

  14. Toghrol Tower in Tehran

  15. Tips for Dizin Ski Resort


These are just some of the most famous places to visit in Tehran. But the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.



Tehran Tours


The best way to discover Tehran is to hire an experienced local tour guide. Either compare the packaged Iran tours or join a cheap Tehran Walking Tour to learn about it's rich history and inspiring culture. You'll get more information of the places to visit in Tehran with an experienced local tour guide.



Where to Stay


My favorite luxury hotels in tehran are the 5 Star Espinas Hotel and Parsian Azadi Hotel Tehran (ex-Grand Hyatt Hotel prior to revolution), both with professional staff and great views from different parts of Tehran. Double rooms start from US $230 and $250 respectively, including breakfast. 

Decent 4 Star Hotels also include Niloo Hotel and Escan Hotel. Or for more budget options, the 3 Star Rated Mashad Hotel is right next to Taleghani Metro and provides comfort at US $130 for a double, including breakfast. Otherwise Iran Central Hotel (Hotel Markazi)Firouzeh Hoteland Golestan Hotel Tehran are also some of the better budget options under $80/night.

There are also Hostels in Tehran from $10 U.S. per night for the budget travellers.



Where to Eat Nearby


Of the Best Restaurants in Tehran, not far away from the city centre is the popular Gol Rezaeieye Cafe serving great traditional Iranian meals in a cute and hip American diner setting. Dizi Restaurant is also rated highly on Trip Adviser for a great stew, or Coffeeshop and Veggie Restaurant serves only vegetarian meals if that's more you (conveniently near Artists Park in Tehran). Or if you're in northern Tehran near Darband, Tehran SPU Restaurant is highly recommended. But for a great cup of coffee checkout Romaan Book Cafe near the Italian Embassy (what a perfectly match).





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John Flint

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I'm John, I'm based in Tehran doing freelance writing, editing and marketing.

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