Azadi Tower


The Azadi Tower (literally the "Freedom Tower" or "Liberty Tower"), built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, is a monument in Tehran, marking the west entrance and one of the symbols of the city.

The entrance to the tower is directly underneath the main vault and leads into the Azadi Museum on the basement floor. The black walls and proportions of the building are austere. Heavy doors open onto a crypt with subdued lighting issuing from showcases, each containing an object. Gold and enamel pieces, painted pottery, marble, miniature, and paintings are located among black marble walls. A concrete mesh forms the ceiling. Approximately fifty pieces have been selected, each representing a particular period in Iran's history.