Tourist & Resident Guide to Iran

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Azadi Monument Tehran

Tehran's most famous architectural symbol is the Azadi (“Liberty”) Monument in Azadi Square. It was constructed in 1971 as part of Mohammad Reza Shah’s celebrations to commemorate 2,500 years (by his own count) of Persian monarchy and was hence named the Shahyad Tower. It was given its current name after the 1979 revolution which saw all indications of the former regime stripped from streets of the city.

The 50m tower, clad entirely in cut marble, is said to combine Islamic architecture and the earlier Sassanid style. Situated near Mehrabad Airport, it was the first sight to welcome visitors to Tehran for many years before international flights were recently redirected to the new Imam Khomeini Airport near Qom.

The basement floor houses a museum and cultural centre and the roof can be accessed by elevator. Though it retains great affection among Iranians, the Azadi Tower is now in competition with the 435m Milad Tower for its place as the symbol of the city.

Azadi Tower

Azadi Tower

Azadi Tower

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2 comments:

Connie said...

I moved to Tehran in 1974 and worked near the Shahyad Monument. Used to have a picnic lunch under the monument. I have wonderful memories of Tehran and the Iranian people! If anyone reads this and knows Oshin Soorenian, (he lives off Abbassabad near kuche Pakistan) please tell him Connie and Todd said hello.

Soccerphile said...

Dear Connie,

We received a mail from Arax Soorenian, (the son of Oshin Soorenian) who would like to contact you. If you read this, please contact IranVisitor through the main website and we can put you in touch.