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Azadi Square

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Description: Azadi Square (میدانِ آزادی). Called Shahyaad (شاه یاد), (Translation: "Remembrance of the Shahs (Kings)") Square before the Iranian revolution, is a very famous square in Tehran, the capital of Iran.

Currently it is called "Meydane-Azadi" (Translation: "Azadi (Freedom) Square") in Persian, being the place where demonstrations leading to the Iranian Revolution on 12 December 1978 took place.

Shahyad Tower was originally built under the rule of the late Shah, and completed in 1971 in commemoration of the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. This structure evokes Iran's pre-Islamic Sassanid architecture, but in combination with Islamic-era themes.

The Shahyad Tower (Azadi Tower) was designed by Bahá'í architect, Mohandes Hossein Amanat.

Though the history of Tehran stretches back more than 2,300 years, the Shahyad Tower has managed to become the symbol of Iran's capital city in just a few decades. The arch rises from Azadi Square mirroring the Elburz (Alborz) mountain range just north of the city. Though not as wondrous as the snowy peaks of Mount Damavand, it is a 148 foot tall masterpiece of cut marble that marks the entrance to this historic city.

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