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The Azadi Tower, Tehran’s most iconic landmark and symbol of Tehran, was built in 1971. It was supposed to be built in celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, but it actually meant the end of the Pahlavi dynasty that was then ruling Iran. So the original name of the tower, “King’s memorial” changed into Azadi meaning Freedom in 1979, right after the Islamic Revolution.
Azadi Tower is formed by eight thousand white marble blocks brought from Esfahan (which is famous for its quarries) and was designed by Iranian architect Hossein Amanat (who was only 24 years old at the time), with elements of old Persian and Islamic architecture. It also inspired Argel’s Monument to the Martyrs.