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US Den of Espionage
Ranked #29 of 150 things to do in Tehran
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2013

I use that metro station to get to some hindu food restaurant near from that streets .... And All I remember we going through there at night was so very excited!!! ..... a very long street, there are many security cameras. My local friend suggested me not to take pictures :( In my personal opinion ..... this super nice graffiti paint and awesome to watchd with your own eyes this national emblem of culture and history!
I like It!

Visited September 2012
4 Thank elecktralexa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“You can only see the outside, but worth stopping by.”
Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

Our tour guide took us here on the way to a museum. It is not possible to go inside, all you can do is view it from the outside. Photography is not recommended but you may get away with it if you are discreet. There are more worthwhile attractions but if you are in the area it is worth a look. It is still the site of a major event in Iranian history.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank Andyrock81
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Round Lake, Illinois
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“A Building with some History, But Not Much to See Now”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Tehran has so much to offer with museums and attractions and historical sites -- the former US Embassy (now the "US Den of Espionage") is not one of these sites. There are some graffiti on the outside, but in all actuality it is a building behind a large fence that appears to never be open. Was in front of the fence for maybe two minutes to take a couple of pictures, but again nothing really worth seeing. Spend your time in Tajrish Square or the multitude of museums -- there is really nothing here to see.

Also -- there are contradictory stories on being allowed or not allowed to take photographs of the outside of the former embassy. I have read multiple times that you are not allowed to do so, but when I was outside there appeared to be no concern of taking photographs, and I took a couple. Again, not much to take photos of, though.

Visited February 2013
3 Thank Christopher D
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Can not visit there”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

This is the weird thing about Iran. The former site of the American Embassy is technically a Museum, but one you cannot visit.

This is where Kafka meets the middle east.

This is a museum, but:

(1) if you are a foreigner you are not allowed to enter;
(2) if you are Iranian you are not allowed entry, unless sponsored and approved by the Intelligence ministry and the Revolutionary guards. You have to do the paper work and the run around and explain why you want to visit.
(3) You cannot take pictures outside of the complex of the gardens, but encouraged to take pictures inside.
(4) The guide is a young man, not old enough to know about the embassy and America but spits out slogans like an old 8-track during the whole visit.

Really not much to see to worth the effort. If you are someone's guest, take a few minutes there

Visited July 2012
6 Thank MehranX
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“Nice grafitti”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

I got to take some pretty cool pictures og paintings on the wall. It's not a place you spend a lot of time though.

Visited July 2012
4 Thank Søren R
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