The Azadi (eng.: freedom) tower in Tehran on the night before the start of the Persian New Year Nowruz, March 2017.
The architecture of the Azadi tower is futuristic and Islamic at the same time. Already impressive during daylight, it looks like a massive, illuminated spaceship during night. Today, its meaning is full of interesting contradictions: Built by Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran in 1971 for the 2,500 anniversary of the Empire of Iran, it was named "Shahyad Tower" (The Shah's Memorial Tower"). During the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that ended the rule of the Shah, it became a site of massive protests. After the revolution, it was renamed into Azadi (Freedom) Tower. Freedom though only for those who were loyal to the new religious regime that replaced the former dictator.
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