Tekyeh Dowlat

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Tekyeh Dowlat by Kamal-ol-Molk
Tekyeh Dowlat, Tehran, Iran.

Tekyeh Dowlat (Persian: تکیه دولت‎‎) was a Royal Theater in Tehran, Iran. It was the most famous of all the ta'zieh performance spaces, for the Mourning of Muharram. It has a capacity for more than 4,000 people. Built in 1868[1] by Naser al-Din Shah Qajar south-east of the Golestan Palace on the site of the Síyáh-Chál, the Royal Theater's sumptuous magnificence surpassed that of Europe's greatest opera houses in the opinion of many Western visitors.[2] It is comparable to Verona Arena, Samuel Greene Wheeler Benjamin told at his first visit.

It was here that Reza Shah proclaimed the downfall of the Qajar dynasty.[3] The Tekyeh was destroyed in 1947 and a bank building was constructed on the site.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abbas Amanat. Pivot of the universe: Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar and the Iranian Monarchy, p. 435.
  2. ^ "TA'ZIA". Encyclopedia of Iranica. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  3. ^ Saeed Alizadeh, Alireza Pahlavani, Ali Sadrnia. Iran: a chronological history . p. 197.
  4. ^ The world encyclopedia of contemporary theatre, Volume 3 edited by Don Rubin, p. 215.


Coordinates: 35°40′47″N 51°25′13″E / 35.67972°N 51.42028°E / 35.67972; 51.42028