AZADI TOWER , a perfect demonstration of Iranian architecture, which was also Tehran’s most iconic landmark, before Milad tower stole the spotlight.
Meaning Freedom tower, AZADI TOWER was once associated as the symbol of Tehran_ the capital of Iran, since it marks the entrance to the city.
To celebrate the 2,500 years of the Persian empire, Mohamad reza Pahlavi_ the last king of Iran, commissioned this work of art and Hossein Amanat who won the architectural competition, built the masterpiece in 1971 and it was named shahyad tower, meaning shah’s memorial tower. The name remained the same until the Islamic revolution in 1979 , turning to what we know today.
The architecture is a combination of Islamic and sassanid styles, covered by cut, white marble stones from Isfahan province, AZADI TOWER is also 50 meters tall (164ft) and has 8000 blocks of stones
AZADI TOWER is located in the Tehran’s Azadi square, which is the second biggest square in Iran, in an area of 50,000 sq. meters, being a bit smaller than Naghshe Jahan square in Isfahan. Also, it is near to Meydane Azadi (azadi square) and Ostad moein metro station on the yellow line.
AZADI TOWER has four floor, from the top of it there is a wonderful view to the western part of Tehran. Consisting of a library, a museum and several art galleries, the freedom tower is regarded as a cultural center. There is also a stone museum on the basement floor with some of them being the most expensive ones in the world.
The best time to visit the majestic tower is either when the morning light beaming through the columns of the tower or in the evening with all the ornamental spotlights around it.