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Bronze bust of Naser-eddin Shah Qajar dedicated by the Russian empire to the Imperial court of Iran, stairway of Mirror Hall, Golestan Palace.

Being the 4th king of the Qajar dynasty, he reigned around 50 years over the Persian empire. He was the first Iranian king who visited Europe several times so he introduced a number of western innovations to Persia, including a modern postal system, train transport, a banking system and newspaper publishing. He was the first Iranian to be photographed and was a patron of Photography who had himself photographed hundreds of times.

Naser-eddin Shah was assassinated by Mirza Reza Kermani, a follower of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, when he was visiting and praying in the shrine of Shah-Abdol-Azim. He was buried in the Shah-Abdol-Azim Cemetery, in Rayy near Tehran, where he was assassinated. His one-piece marble tombstone, bearing his full effigy, is now kept in the Golestan Palace Museum in Tehran and is renowned as a master piece of Qajar era sculpture.

نیم تنه ناصرالدین شاه قاجار، پلکان تالار آینه، کاخ گلستان

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