‘Hall of Diamonds’ to Open in May
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‘Hall of Diamonds’ to Open in May

The director of Golestan Palace has said the palace’s famous ‘Hall of Diamonds’ will be opened to public in May.
 Pointing to the expensive protective facilities and technology for the hall, Parvin Seqatoleslami said, “buying these facilities would cost the Palace a budget of over $10 thousand, MNA reported.
“To prepare the many items of the hall is a very time-consuming and demanding task; they should be carefully placed and protected,” the director noted. However “by mid May, the hall will be opened to the public.”
Before the Hall had been built, another hall ‘Crystal Hall’, was on the current site. Little credible sources provide data on Crystal Hall which belonged to the era of Fathali Shah of Qajar.
The hall was called by its name ‘Crystal’, for lavish glass work by craftsmen, an octagonal crystal pool, and chandelier sent by Russian emperor Alexander the First as gift for Fathali Shah of Qajar. However, during the reign of Naser-al-Din Shah, many old edifices of the Arc were demolished and new buildings were erected on the site. ‘Crystal Hall’, to the most probability, underwent a similar fate and ‘Hall of Diamonds’ replaced it.


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