Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower) -Tehran - Iran by Bryan Freeman

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I’ve been reviewing the photos I took on our trip to Iran nearly two years ago as I was asked, when we returned from the trip, to do an article for a website. So, late last year I finally got around to doing the article along with some photos and after reviewing and editing for the last month or so it’s finally about to be published on the website. I’ll be adding a journal about it once it goes live. Woohoo!

On our last night in Iran I finally managed to convince my wife that we should visit Azadi (Freedom) Tower. I had seen pictures of it before we left Australia and had said this is one of the must see places. It was only about a 15 minute drive from where we were staying but everytime I said we should go there, there was always some excuse not to (ho-hum). (My wife later told me that there’s a lot of druggie types that hang around this tower late at night and she thought we would get mugged.)

Apparently the police don’t bother them as drugs are illegal in Iran and therefore they don’t exist. Go figure!

So, there we were on our last night in Tehran, and as I was saying, we still haven’t been to Azadi Tower. We all eventually piled into the car and got there around 11pm! Two of the photos I took looking up underneath the tower required me to place the camera on the ground and move away using the timer so I wouldn’t be in the shot. We (four of us) stood in a circle around the camera. The second time I did it I looked around and saw a few dodgy looking characters closing in on us and the camera which was lying on its back by itself. As soon as the photo was taken (time-lapse) I grabbed the camera and stuffed in into my backpack and we walked away from the dodgy characters. I wanted to get a few more photos looking straight up underneath as it’s very intricate however, with the dodgy types hanging around I didn’t think it was safe. We then ended up leaving.

The photos looking at the entire height of the tower were the first photos taken. Then we moved around the outside a bit to get some other angles etc, you know how it is and then finally underneath the tower. The tower has different coloured lights so I took a number of photos from the same position to capture the range of colours.

I do think it’s rather strange that those countries that have the most oppressive regimes feel the need to name places or things such as ‘FreedomTower’ or Freedom Fries’….oops! ;-)

Some further information from Wikipedia follows:

The Azadi Tower (Persian: برج آزادی, Borj-e Azadi; translated: Freedom Tower), previously known as the Shahyād Āryāmehr (Persian: شهیاد آریامهر; English: King Memorial Tower), is the symbol of Tehran, the capital of Iran, and marks the entrance to the city.

The architect, Hossein Amanat, won a competition to design the monument, which combines elements of Sassanid and Islamic architecture. It is part of the Azadi cultural complex, located in Tehran’s Azadi Square in an area of some 50,000 m². There are several fountains around the base of the tower and a museum underground. The iconic Monument des Martyrs in Algiers (built, 1982) shows a strong influence by this monument, in its general design as well as its details.

Built with white marble stone from the Esfahan region, there are eight thousand blocks of stone. The stones were all located and supplied by Ghanbar Rahimi, whose knowledge of the quarries was second to none and who was known as “Soltan-e-Sang-e-Iran”. The shape of each of the blocks was calculated by a computer, and programmed to include all the instructions for the building’s work. The actual construction of the tower was carried out, and supervised by Iran’s finest master stonemason, Ghaffar Davarpanah Varnosfaderani. The main financing was provided by a group of five hundred Iranian industrialists. The inauguration took place on October 16, 1971.
History Hossein Amanat, architect

Built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, this “Gateway into Iran” was named the Shahyad Tower, meaning “Kings’ Memorial”, but was dubbed Azadi (Freedom) after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Originally intended to remind coming generations of the achievements of modern Iran under the Pahlavi dynasty, it has become a symbol of the country’s revival. It is 50 meters (148 ft) tall and completely clad in cut marble.

Azadi Square
Azadi tower is situated in the middle of Tehran’s famous Azadi Square (Persian: میدانِ آزادی), or Freedom Square. Called Shahyad (Persian: شهیاد; literally “Remembrance of the Shahs (Kings)”) Square before the Iranian revolution, it was the site of many of the demonstrations leading to the Iranian Revolution on 12 December 1979.

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  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleabout 3 years ago

    What a wonderful image Bryan!

  • Thanks very much Maree

    – Bryan Freeman

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 3 years ago

    What an intriguing looking building :-) Nice work :-)

  • Thanks for that, appreciated.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamabout 3 years ago

    This whole series is really spectacular, Bryan – you have a real knack for this kind of architectural image. These were well worth the effort I think! Lovely stuff!

  • Thanks very much Damienne, appreciate you taking the time to post such a lovely comment.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Ercan BAYSAL
    Ercan BAYSALabout 3 years ago

    Very nice shot…

  • Thanks very much Ercan

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Katayoonphotos
    Katayoonphotosabout 3 years ago

    What a wonderful capture Bryan! Next time you come to Iran, we should meet :D

  • Thanks very much. Yes, we should catch up next time we’re there, perhaps in a couple more years we’ll be there again. :-)

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Kris Montgomery
    Kris Montgomeryabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic image Bryan! Love your accompanying story too :)

  • Thanks very much Kris, glad you like it.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsabout 3 years ago

    Congrats on your feature, Bryan :-))

    Please click the banner to take you to the 9th January 2012 feature page :-))

  • Awesome news! Thanks very much Ell

    – Bryan Freeman

  • berndt2
    berndt2about 3 years ago

    Ooh! Love this – these are shots you never see of a country that very few seemingly venture to, and it’s really good to see them here!

  • Thanks mate. Unfortunately, even fewer peeps will be going there now that USA/UK are rattling their sabres more vigorously and more often.

    – Bryan Freeman

  • Cathleen Tarawhiti
    Cathleen Taraw...about 3 years ago

    Oww, good!

  • Thanks Cathleen

    – Bryan Freeman

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTabout 3 years ago

    great image and work Bryan.

  • Thanks very much.

    – Bryan Freeman

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