Photos by Ehsan Mohamadi, ISNA
Iran Daily - Malek is a historical building that is one century old. The attractive edifice, situated in the central part of the city of Bushehr, is among the tourist attractions of Bushehr province.
The building comprises a living room, a few balconies and a number of bedrooms,
Mehr News Agency reported.
It originally belonged to a wealthy resident of Bushehr called Mohammad Mehdi Malek-ul-Tojjar. During his visit to France, he saw the palace of one of the medieval ministers and modeled Malek Edifice after that palace.
The constructed area of the edifice is 4,000 square meters. It was built by French architects during the Qajar era.
Indigenous construction materials were used in doors and windows of the building
under supervision of French engineers.
The edifice was occupied by British invaders and transformed into their command
headquarters. British soldiers lived in the edifice for a long time. In the wake
of bankruptcy of Malek-ul-Tojjar, the Britons
bought the exquisite items of the house at very low price and transferred them
Toward the end of the reign of Reza Shah, the first Pahlavi monarch, the building, which had become a military dormitory, was partially destroyed. In recent years, the edifice has merely been reinforced and no operations for renovating it have been carried out as yet.
Nothing remains of the edifice except black walls
and broken doors.
|Bushehr, population 165,377 (in 2005), is a city on the southwestern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf. It is the chief seaport of the country and the administrative centre of Bushehr province. Its location is 28° 59' N, 50° 49' E, about 400 kilometers south of Tehran.||
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