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IRAN (FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)
Iran is a southwest Asian country of mountains and deserts. Eastern Iran is dominated by a high plateau, with large salt flats and vast sand deserts. The plateau is surrounded by even higher mountains, including the Zagros to the west and the Elburz to the north. Farming and settlement are largely concentrated in the narrow plains or valleys in the west or north, where there is more rainfall. Iran's huge oil reserves lie in the southwest, along the Persian Gulf.
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 m!. There are several fountains around the base of the tower and a museum underground.
The Azadi Monument (Freedom Monument) is a prominent landmark of modern Tehran. The tower houses a museum celebrating Iran's cultural contributions to the world.
Horses in the mountains north of Tehran, Iran
Also in Tehran are a lot of old Vespas!
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