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“Old symbol!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Azadi Tower

Azadi Tower
Azadi Square, Tehran, Iran
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Ranked #6 of 41 attractions in Tehran
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Tehran, Iran
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Old symbol!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

If you have domestic flight coming to or going from Tehran you will see it on your way. you may have a 2 mins photo stop, that'll be fine.

Visited May 2013
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“Glory of the Pahlavi dynasty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

It was one of the rare places I really got excited during my visit. The tower contains all the elements of the Persian architecture and some features are unique to this monument. The roof top is closed to public but from the windows on the high top, you can have a nice view from Tehran, especially on the sunny clean days. Everyone should visit this monument.

Visited June 2012
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“Tehran Icon, so Grand Structure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I like this tower as it's grand and good shape, the icon of Tehran. The arts and scrupture are fine and detailed. I didn't have time to go inside, just view from from the ground. The area is beautiful with nice gardening. Simply love it!

Visited March 2013
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“Azadi Tower -- Nice on the Outside, Not Worth Going Inside”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Architecturally, the Azadi Tower is beautiful. It was built in 1971 to commemorate the 2,500 anniversary of the Persian Empire. There is an expanse of greenery surrounding the tower itself (after the greenery are a zig-zag of highly congested roads). I recommend standing on the greens and looking at the tower and the scenery around (and take pictures -- it is quite beautiful), but I highly -- highly -- recommend to not go inside.

My guide and I had unfortunately gone inside. At the time I went it was 150,000 IRR ($8 - $15 USD depending on the exchange rate change for the day), and we were both assured that there was a lot to see inside the tower by the ticket agent.

The first floor has a few displays of gemstones (some small statues made of gemstones, and in some cases just gemstone rocks). There were no signs claiming "No Photography", and after taking two pictures three men started shouting at us and waving their hands that we could not take any photos. We were told on all the floors above this one we could take photos -- just not on this floor.

So we walked up a lot of flights of stairs. The corridors and stairwells were not marked, were very dark, and there was not much railings at the time, so if you do go please be careful on your walk up.

Each floor we arrived at had nothing (the 2nd floor had a few posters with farsi written on them in a few colors, but besides this there was literally nothing -- just blank walls and stairs going up).

On the top floor are the windows to look over the western part of Tehran. The views are nice, but the windows appeared as though they have not been cleaned in a very long time (as most of the inside of the tower appeared to not have been, either).

After taking the very long walk down, we had actually gotten a refund due to the fact that we had paid to see nothing in the tower -- I believe the ticket person felt bad for us.

I am only giving Azadi Tower an Average Rating (and not a Poor or Terrible Rating) because the outside was well maintained and very beautiful, and you should see the outside up close at least once. Just do not waste your time going inside -- there are so many better things to see in Tehran.

Visited February 2013
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“Tehran's brilliant landmark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Formerly known as King Memorial Tower, built under the Shah in 1971, the now Azadi tower remained Tehran's landmark and is definitively worth a visit, even after hours, just to see how majestic it is. Brilliant!
If you go by taxi, try to have your driver waiting for you while visiting as it seems quite difficult to catch a cab out there.

Visited July 2012
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