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Sadabad Palace Back Under ICHTO Authority


18 October 2005



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S'adâbâd Palace


  What is left of the statue of Reza-Shah the Great's at Sadabad Palace


(Iran Daily) -- Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has taken over the administration of Saadabad (S'adâbâd) Palace and Cultural Complex from the government following a cabinet decision to the effect.

Saadabad Palace used to serve as a venue for welcoming foreign dignitaries during the administration of former president Mohammad Khatami, according to CHN.

The cabinet of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad decided last Sunday night (October 16) to hand over Saadabad Palace to ICHTO and said that the government will not use the palace to receive foreign dignitaries.

Head of Saadabad Palace Cultural Complex Mohammad Abdolalipour thanked the government for handing the palace back to ICHTO and said that it indicated government’s positive attitude toward cultural heritage.

He said that ICHTO will make arrangements to open Saadabad Palace to the public enabling public to visit the compound.

“In the next three months, we will make preparations to turn sections of the Palace which were used to host foreign dignitaries into museums and open them to the public.“

There are 18 museums at Saadabad Palace, several halls of which were used for receiving foreign dignitaries or holding cabinet meetings.
They included museum of anthropology, a collection of articles belonging to the Prince Reza Pahlavi, son on last Pahlavi king, and palace of the Empress Farah Pahlavi. They will be reverted to museum which will be open to the public, Abdolalipour said.