Azadi Tower is one of the symbols of the great Tehran city. Laconic, simple forms of snow-white marble structure rise on the hill in the west part of the city. Memorable architecture made the tower be on the list of top Tehran attractions.
As Hossein Amanat describes his creation, Azadi Tower “starts from the ground and stretches to the sky”. This is how the architect saw the history and destination of Tehran. Remarkably, the monument represents a strong connection between past and future, history and ambitions, culture, and progress. Azadi Tower became an indispensable feature of the city landscape and later appeared on the 200 rials bill.
History of Azadi Tower
The construction of the tower started in 1972. The monument was commissioned by the last Shah of Iran. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi wanted the tower to commemorate the 2500th year of the Persian Empire. Azadi Tower represents Iran’s great history and heritage in tandem with contemporary achievements and development.
The architect of the monument, Hossein Amanat, won the nationwide competition. They first referred to the tower as Darvaze ye Kurosh – The Gate of Cyrus. They decided to name it officially to Shahyad Aryamehr – Shah’s Memorial Tower. For the next 7 years, the name remained the same until the Islamic revolution. In 1979, the Tower got the name we know today – Azadi, or Freedom.
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How To Get To Azadi Tower
Azadi Square is located on the intersection of Jenah Highway, Lashkari Highway, Sa'idi Hghway and Azadi street, so you can easily get there from any part of the city.
Azadi Tower is located between Meydan-e Azadi and Ostad Moen stations of the yellow line of Tehran metro. You can choose any of them and reach Azadi tower with 5 minutes of walking.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line #1 goes from the East of the city to the West, passing Ferdowsi square, Teatr-e Shahr metro station, and Enghelab square. You can take a bus from there to Azadi stop to reach the tower.
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