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Friday, October 15, 2010

AZADI TOWER (TEHERAN, IRAN)

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.


















































































































13 comments:

Indrani said...

Great structure, photographed so well too. The details in the third shot is amazing.

Tomz said...

they are great pictures, babli..

Alok Mohan said...

हमारा भी ब्लॉग पड़े और मार्गदर्शन करे
http://blondmedia.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post_16.html

डॉ. रूपचन्द्र शास्त्री मयंक (उच्चारण) said...

बहुत सुन्दर चित्र हैं!

Sat_hi_sh said...

jaw dropping work ,its truly amazing :)

A said...

Great pictures. I always read your poems but this is new to me. Awesome pictures...poetry with photography...great combination

Jeevan said...

Amazing! its an awesome structure and great knowing about it details.

Valerie said...

It is a truly spectacular monument. I like the way the different colours change it's appearance.

Joy said...

Wow!

Margaret Cloud said...

This is an amazing monument and I like the white marble stone, I also like the third picture.

Bikramjit Singh Mann said...

I am planning to visit my friend in iran next year march time Will surly see this :0

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Zexxy's wife said...

Amazing photos!
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हेमंत कुमार ♠ Hemant Kumar said...

Babli ji ....sach men bahut khoobsurat photograph .....