Azadi Tower (Borje Āzādi; “Freedom Tower”), formerly known as the Shahyad Tower (برج شهیاد Borje Ŝahyād), is the first thing you see while entering Tehran city from the west or before landing an airplane.
The Azadi Tower architecture and particular shape with the marble look of the tower give the city character, and it’s also the most iconic landmark of Tehran.
This monument was built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, commissioned by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last king of Iran.
The architect, Hossein Amanat, won the competition to design the Azadi Tower architecture, combining elements of Sassanid & Islamic architecture.
The tower is 45 meters height and has four floors with the Azadi museum underground. There are two stairways with 682 stairs and four elevators, which are symmetrical on both sides of the tower.
The name of the Azadi Museum and Tower is from the square which it’s located in, The Azadi Square.
Mehrabad International Airport is located on the southwest of the square, also the west terminal of Tehran is located on north northwestern wing.
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How to get to Azadi Tower?
To reach Azadi Tower, take line 4 (color-coded light blue) of the Tehran Metro to Meydan-e-Azadi. Be careful; don’t get confused by other Azadi stations.
Other public transport choices are to take the Bus Rapid Transit Network in Iran (BRT) buses to Azadi station or take normal buses to Azadi terminals.
Entrance Fee and Opening Hours of Azadi Tower
Opening days and hours: Azadi Tower and Azadi Museum are open Every day except Saturdays and official holidays. Sunday to Thursday from 9 A.M until 8 P.M and Friday from 10 A.M until 8 P.M
Ticket price: Visiting Azadi Tower and its halls: 1,500,000 RLS, Visiting the Meteorite Museum: 500,000 RLS, Entire of Azadi Tower (Including Freedom Tower and Meteorite Museum): 2,000,000 RLS.
Phone number: +982166023951
A Brief Summary of the Azadi Tower Complex
Almost everywhere the world knows Tehran city by its iconic landmark, Azadi Tower. The building’s ground, which forms the Freedom Square, is an oval-shaped area of 68,000 square meters. The tower’s surroundings include multiple fountains, which give the area beautiful scenes.
The tower’s main entrance sinks underground, which leads into the Azadi museum on the basement floor. Azadi monument includes various divisions such as the Azadi museum, Iran-ology, gallery, and library. Azadi Museum exhibits art, handicrafts, pottery, and precious stones.
There are 140 stones, such as Amber, rubies, turquoise, and onyx. In addition, a replica of the Cyrus Cylinder is in this museum (the main Cyrus Cylinder is in Britain Museum in London).
Photos-taking is forbidden on this floor but free on any other foundation.
One of the most interesting halls in Azadi Tower is the Iran-ology hall. You can stand on a mechanical conveyor in this hall and start your small journey through the Replica of Iran.
As the conveyor carries you, according to the geographic location of the city, not only will you get to know the historical and religious centers of the city, also you will also get to know climatic features and even handicrafts of the city.
In Azadi Tower’s library, more than 15000 books exist. This library holds many valuable books in history, social, architecture, and linguistics fields and is one of the valuable reserves of the country.