Azadi Tower, Tehran

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Commemorating the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, Azadi Tower stands 50 m (164 ft) tall. Built in 1971 in a modernist style with traditional influences, the marble-clad tower combines Sassanid, Achaemenid, and Islamic designs. At night, lights illuminate this iconic Y-shaped landmark, while fountains and gardens adorn its base and a museum underneath it details the Iranian revolution. A copy of the British-held Cyrus Cylinder is on display inside the tower. Climb the stairs or take an elevator to the top for a panorama of Tehran. See Azadi Tower and all Tehran has to offer by arranging your trip with our Tehran itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Far away from center one of the iconic places but except this surrounding and construction is not interesting  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    My eyes were gonna burn coz there wasn't any shade on the way to the tower. Nothing to do there but I have to say it's architecture is kinda pretty.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    It is interesting for taking a picture, but the traffic to go there is not very good and, even crossing the street to reach the Tower is difficult.  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    The first thing that I saw in Iran! When I entered Tehran, I was literally getting mad to see that, thinking that I would never see that again. So I stood in front of it. At that time I wasn't someone who I would really like to be, because I was literally sucking at Persian language. So after living in Yazd for some nine months I returned here once again. And I stood in front of it one more time seeing that I had really changed. My thoughts had changed. My Persian had become fluent. So I saw two reflections of mine incarnating inside that tower. And I thought to myself one more time."The world doesn't change. YOU change. Azadi tower represents the glorious Iranian architecture. "Azadi" means liberty and that is the Liberty Tower of Iran. The tower will greet you when you enter Tehran. Also, if you are travelling in Iran, you will get there quite often because of Azadi bus terminal which is always busy. This tower is the symbol of Tehran and it s recognized by every Iranian. So you have to visit this place!
  • March 8, 2017
    This building is beautiful, but I mostly loved the styling of the exhibition underneath and the view you can peak out to from the top! Unfortunately the square itself is in the middle of a roundabout with too much traffic, just like Paris's most famous triumphal arch. I don't know why cities do this! Anyhow the building is still a great place to visit once you get up to it.
  • March 5, 2017
    Most countries have a cultural icon or a recognizable structure which is visited by people who go there. The Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower) is a beautiful structure located at the Azadi square in Tehran - Iran seen from the West entrance to the city. It was planned by a Persian architect and his engineer partners in 1966. The architecture is a combination of Sassanid (pre-Islamic) and post-Islamic Iran. The Tower is 50 meters (164 feet) tall and is built with 8000 white marble stones supervised by a master stonemason. There are several fountains around the base tower and an underground museum on the basement floor with a collection of artwork representing a particular period of Iran's history. In the collection, among others, there is a copy of Cyrus Cylinder the original of which is in British museum. The Azadi Tower was inaugurated in 1971 and had several name changes starting with "Gate of Cyrus" and changing to Azadi Tower in 1979. The Azadi Tower is among the beautiful places to visit in Tehran.
  • July 5, 2017
    Great architecture, combination of different Iranian architecture styles throughout the past centuries. Unfortunately I didn't find a proper maintenance.
  • April 15, 2017
    This building is beautiful and I love the history surrounding it. Some people might not like it but I love this building and the area around it. Perfect for photos

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