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Azadi Tower, Tehran

Pic of the Week: 27 May 2013

Azadi Tower, Tehran

by David Stanley © 2013

The Azadi (Freedom) Tower was built in 1971 to commemorate 2,500 years since the foundation of the Persian Empire and was originally called the Shahyad (Kings’ Memorial) Tower. It stands in Azadi Square (formerly Shahyad Square), the site of many of the demonstrations leading up to the overthrow of the Shah and the creation of an Islamic republic in 1979 – and of many more mass protests since.

David Stanley is a prolific travel writer and photographer. You can find more of his photos of Tehran on Google Plus.

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