At the end of Azadi Avenue, Terhran, on the western part the Y-shaped Azadi Tower is inverted. It was built in 1971 and reopened in 2006 after being closed for a few years. It is built in commemoration of the 2500th anniversary of the 1st Persian Empire.
Azadi Tower is one of the symbols of Tehran. It shows the western entrance to the city. The architect of the complex is Hossein Amanat, who won a competition to build the tower. He mixed elements from the Sassanid and Achaemenid eras with the post-Islamic Iranian architecture and received what we have today.
Unluckily, Hossein Amanat was proscribed from the country by the Revolution of 1979. The tower is located in Azadi Square and is a part of the Azadi Cultural Complex. The square occupies around 50.000 sqm. The tower is surrounded by fountains and has an underground museum. The tower includes eight thousand blocks of stone and is built with white marble.
It is possible to reach the summit of the tower either by stairs or lift. The park that is spread around the monument is a relative oasis in contrast with the wild current of traffic beyond.
This monument should be added to your must-see list whenever you decide to visit the religious country of Iran.