Royal chandelier of Tehran’s Sahebqaranieh Palace shatters

TEHRAN, July. 10 (MNA) – A royal glass chandelier at the Sahebqaranieh Palace of the Niavaran Cultural Historical Complex in Tehran has fallen to the floor and smashed to pieces.

The artifacts fell due to the weakness in the ceiling, director of the complex told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.

“The palace dates back over 150 years and it is natural that it loses its strength. Thus, the collapse of part of the ceiling led to the fall of the chandelier,” Masumeh Bakuchi said.

She noted that no one was involved in the accident and added that no one was present when it occurred.

Bakuchi said that funds are scheduled to be allocated for restoration of the ceilings of the palace.

The Sahebqaranieh Palace was constructed during the reign of Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah (1831-1896). Former Iranian monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi used it as his office and as a place where he received VIPs.

In 2011, 59 chandeliers and 76 wall lights of the monument were dusted off. One of the chandeliers of the palace was given by King Farouk I of Egypt as a wedding gift when his sister Dilawar Princess Fawzia of Egypt married Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1939.

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