Azadi Tower 2016-01-05
The Azadi Tower, formerly known as the Shahyad Tower, is a monument located at Azadi Square, in Tehran, Iran.
The inverted Y-shaped Azadi Tower built in 1971 to commemorate the 2500th annibersary of the first Persian empire, is one of Tehran’s visual icons.
It is one of the landmarks of Tehran, marking the west entrance to the city, and is part of the Azadi Cultural Complex, which also includes a museum underground.
The tower is about 45 meters (148 ft) tall and is part if the Azadi cultural complex, which is made up of a museum and several fountains.
It was commissioned by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, to mark the 2500th year of the foundation of the imperial state of Iran.
After winning a competition, architect Hossein Amanat was tasked to design the towerm his client being the Council of Celebrations.
The Azadi Museum is located on the basement floor. inside the floor, there are black austere walls and proportions, and a the floor concrete mesh forms the ceiling.
Azadi square was the scene of much protest the 1979 revolution and remains a focal point for demonstrations today,including some huge demonstrations during the post-election crisis in 2009.