The Azadi Tower also Borj-e Azadi in Farsi language, is the symbol of Tehran and is one of the Tehran Tourist Attraction as well, the Azadi tower is the “Y” shaped Tower built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Persian Empire in 1971. The Azadi Tower in Tehran is included the underground gallery, Quran Museum, a cinema and the viewing platform.
Azadi tower, the symbol of Tehran
The Azadi Tower was built by architect, Hossein Amanat, won design the monument, which combines elements of Sassanid and Islamic architecture. Also, Azado Tower, is part of the Azadi cultural complex, located in Tehran’s Azadi Square in an area of some 50,000 m².
Azadi tower built with white marble stone from the Esfahan region, there are eight thousand blocks of stone. The stones were all located and supplied by Ghanbar Rahimi, whose knowledge of the quarries was second to none and who was known as “Soltan-e Sang-e Iran” . The shape of each block was calculated by computer, and programmed to include all the instructions for the building’s work. The actual construction of the tower was carried out, and supervised by Iran’s finest master stonemason, Ghaffar Davarpanah Varnosfaderani. The main financing was provided by a group of five hundred Iranian industrialists. The inauguration took place on October 16, 1971.
Like the City Theater, Carpet Museum and Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the 50m-high structure is a mix of ‘60s modern architecture with traditional Iranian influences, most notably the iwan -style of the arch. inside you can see the complex structural engineering in concrete that forms the bones of architect Hossein Amanat’s design. The park surrounding the monument is a relative oasis compared with the maelstrom of traffic beyond.
You can reach the top by stairs or lift, and will probably be accompanied. To get to Azadi Tower, take Metro line 4 (light blue) to Meydan-e Azadi (don’t confuse it with the other Azadi station).