Approach to the Azadi Tower from it's small entrance gate - This tower is part of the Azadi Cultural Complex, located in Tehran's Azadi Square

Approach to the Azadi Tower from it's small entrance gate - This tower is part of the Azadi Cultural Complex, located in Tehran's Azadi Square

Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower) is located in Tehran - in the past this tower was known as the Shahyad Tower (King's Memorial Tower)

Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower) is located in Tehran - in the past this tower was known as the Shahyad Tower (King's Memorial Tower)

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This "Y" shaped tower was built in 1971 to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the First Persian Empire

Hossein Amanat, an Iranian-Canadian architect designed this tower with the mix of ancient Persian design and Islamic architecture

Hossein Amanat, an Iranian-Canadian architect designed this tower with the mix of ancient Persian design and Islamic architecture

Azadi Tower is surrounded by a beautiful park which a heaven from the crazy traffic nearby

Azadi Tower is surrounded by a beautiful park which a heaven from the crazy traffic nearby

Alborz Mountain seen from the Azadi Park - the breeze picked up that evening but rays of sun were still warm on a February afternoon

Alborz Mountain seen from the Azadi Park - the breeze picked up that evening but rays of sun were still warm on a February afternoon

The Azadi Square is dotted with many fountains but this one is one of the largest, located at the front of the tower

The Azadi Square is dotted with many fountains but this one is one of the largest, located at the front of the tower

This 50 meters (164 ft) tall structure is clad with more than 8000 cut stones

This 50 meters (164 ft) tall structure is clad with more than 8000 cut stones

The white marble used in the construction of this tower was brought from the Isfahan Province

The white marble used in the construction of this tower was brought from the Isfahan Province

Photos at the base of the tower with the Alborz mountain seen through the arch of the tower

Photos at the base of the tower with the Alborz mountain seen through the arch of the tower

Here Milad Tower of Tehran can be seen in front of the mountains

Here Milad Tower of Tehran can be seen in front of the mountains

The square around the tower was one of the main scenes of 1979 Revolution

The square around the tower was one of the main scenes of 1979 Revolution

Even today, this tower attracts different types of protests but much smaller in size

Even today, this tower attracts different types of protests but much smaller in size

The Maqam Shaheed (Martyrs' Memorial) in Algeria is designed after this beautiful tower

The Maqam Shaheed (Martyrs' Memorial) in Algeria is designed after this beautiful tower

There was an entrance beside the tower (museum entrance) but I wasn't allowed to enter, security was tight due to some high profile visit

There was an entrance beside the tower (museum entrance) but I wasn't allowed to enter, security was tight due to some high profile visit

This gate was loacted directly behind the tower, when approaching from the front

This gate was loacted directly behind the tower, when approaching from the front

Azadi Tower Tehran, Iran - Zaighum Abbas Ranjha

Azadi Tower Tehran, Iran - Zaighum Abbas Ranjha

This beautiful tower is closely associated with the identity of Tehran

This beautiful tower is closely associated with the identity of Tehran