“Azadi Tower” also known as the Shahyad Tower is one of the landmarks of Tehran, Iran. Standing tall at the west entrance to the city, it is a part of the Azadi Cultural Complex. The Azadi Tower is a silent, yet crucial witness of Iran's pivotal historical events, the tower welcomes millions of people who pay a visit to the scenic city of Tehran. It was inaugurated by the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, to commemorate the 2,500th year of the anniversary of the founding of Imperial State of Iran. The construction of the building was completed in 1971. The Council of Celebrations assigned the task of construction of the tower to the architect Hossein Amanat. The classical and post-classical Iranian architecture inspires the architecture of the building of the tower. Iran soon emerged as a wealthy nation which gave a boost to modernisation programmes and made the art industry as glorious as those in the renaissance period. This 'gateway into Tehran' like the locals usually mention it as, was initially known as Shahyad Tower but was renamed Azadi after the 1979 Revolution.
Experience the glorious history of Tehran through Azadi Tower
The Azadi Tower Museum
The Azadi Tower Museum is an exhibition of art, Iranian heritage, and cultural handicrafts which are a predominant asset of the country. The museum is located on the ground-floor of the tower and holds an explicit collection of artefacts which are displayed concerning various themes and styles. You will enter into the museum through heavy doors to an area where lighting is very dull which is enough to give you chills. The only lighting you see is from the showcases containing different objects. For all the history-lovers, the place has a unique and extraordinary collection of precious stones which can leave anyone bewildered. The huge collection of 140 precious stones includes Amber, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, onyx, turquoise, etc. which is an enticing sight for any visitor. Apart from the priceless stone collection, the museum is also a storehouse of other eminent artefacts and handicrafts which belonged to different dynasties who ruled Iran in the pre-Islamic as well as post-Islamic era. A part of the museum is exhibited by the domain of anthropology containing different symbols and artefacts of Iranian provinces.
The Cyrus Cylinder
The Cyrus Cylinder is bestowed upon with the title of 'the place of honor' in the Azadi Tower. It is a replica of the original Cyrus Cylinder which is preserved in the British Museum. The structure dated back to the sixth century BC and was discovered in the excavations of Mesopotamia. The text on the cylinder involves praises for Cyrus and also portrays him as a king from a line of kings. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi referred the cylinder as the first declaration of global human rights. It depicts a symbol for the commemoration. There is also a beautiful gold plaque next to the cylinder, which commemorates the presentation of the museum to the Shah.
The tower is a treasure-house of precious and timeless artistic heritage of Iran's past and present. The earliest artworks devoted to Iran's history include square flagstones, gold sheeting, and the beautiful terra-cotta tablets. It also holds a huge collection of potteries, ceramics, and a beautiful seventh -century blue and gold dish which is the most prominent object. The two fascinating painted panels from Farah Pahlavi's collection adorn the place. The illuminated Koran along with a few rare miniatures add to the charm of the heritage site.
How to Get Tickets?
You can book tickets through this website.
How To Get Around?
The transport system is well-equipped. You can take metro line 4 to Meydan-e Azadi. If you want a taxi or a car-hire, then you can access them easily as well. Inside the tower, you can get around on foot.
What Should I Wear?
Wear clothes which cover most of your body. You can opt for a long-sleeved top with trousers or jeans. A knee length dress would also be great. Your footwear should be comfortable and relaxing. Men should opt for trousers or jeans with a formal looking shirt. Carry as many scarfs as possible as you may have to cover your head at certain places. Apply sunscreen before going out in the sun.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the place is from Sunday to Thursday between 9 am to 5 pm, and on Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
The currency of Iran is Iranian rial.
Will I Need a Guide?
No you don't need a guide as this website guides you about everything related to the tour.
How To Get There?
You can reach Tehran via plane, rail, or bus. The main airport of Tehran is the Imam Khomeini Airport which serves all the international flights and makes traveling easy for the tourists from any part of the world.
Maintain a decent code of conduct while exploring the attraction. Alcohol is strictly banned in the city.