The US Den Of Espionage is the former USA embassy in Tehran, and the events emanating from it have had a dramatic and profound influence on the recent history of the Iran, From a bunker beneath the embassy building, CIA operatives orchestrated a coup d’état in 1953 that brought down the government of Mohammad Mossadegh.
We recommend you to spend a time to visit US Den Of Espionage as one of Tehran Tourist Attractions.
The former US embassy in Tehran, Iran
More than any other single building in Iran, the former USA embassy in Tehran and the events emanating from it have had a dramatic and profound influence on the recent history of Iran. From a bunker beneath the embassy building, CIA operatives orchestrated a coup d’état in 1953 that brought down the government of Mohammad Mossadegh.
For the next 25 years, US support for and influence over Mohammad Reza Shah was implemented largely from this building. When the shah was finally pushed out, students who feared a repeat of the 1953 coup stormed the embassy and held 52 diplomats hostage for 444 days. The rest, the birth of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the rise of fundamentalism throughout the region is history.
Today, the former USA embassy is known as the US Den of Espionage. The interior of the chancery is preserved as a museum, with exhibits including incriminating documents that were painstakingly pieced back together after being shredded as the embassy was being taken over.
Despite this, the embassy’s colorful history and more colorful murals along the front wall mean most travelers come for a look. The murals pronounce the evil of the ‘Great Satan’ (the USA) and Israel, including one in which the face of the Statue of Liberty is rendered as a skull. Photography from US Den Of Espionage is allowed.
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