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Introduction of Former US Embassy in Tehran

The US Embassy is located in central Tehran. Where the intersection of Taleghani and Mofateh is now known to Tehrani people. Although at the time of the conquest, the two streets were Takht Jamshid and the Government Gate.

The US Embassy is about 10 minutes from the grand bazaar of Tehran. While it is about 5 minutes to the Russian, British and French embassies. It is clear that the embassy location is clever in order to gain an accurate understanding of the social structure and people, free from government propaganda. Americans, like many countries, could have embassies in the best parts of Tehran. But at that time they sacrificed the main function of the embassy. This is why to obtain an accurate picture of the host country. The embassy stretches about 1,000 meters along Taleghani Street, with 4 in the 1,000 meters. Located in the middle and next to it, the US badge is still visible.

The embassy has changed a lot since 1979. The northern part of the embassy is a sports club while a bookstore established in the southern part. The walls have, of course, been substantially different from before, with revolutionary and anti-American slogans written on them. These walls are often the subject of foreign photographers and filmmakers based in Tehran. This is how they illustrate the relationship between Iran and the United States. From this exterior view, the inside of the embassy changes. A number of niches and buildings are existing, ranging from the auditorium to the restaurant and prayer house.

1953 COUP D’ETAT  in Iran

From the Iranian coup in 1953 and the overthrow of the national government organized by the British and American intelligence agencies to the Iranian Revolution in the winter of 1979; from the US embassy occupation by revolutionary students to the Iran-Iraq war alongside dozens of such small or large events, All involved in creating a split and distrust between Iran and the West.

Army officers and supporters of the Iranian monarchy on August 27, shortly after the Shah’s return from a brief period of exile to reclaim power. And the signs of these changes are still visible in Iran, especially the capital, Tehran. One of the major events that led to a deep and serious crisis between Tehran and Washington was the occupation and hostage taking of the Iranian embassy on November 4, 1979, then known as Dan Spy in Iran.

Possible Crisis in Iran

On that date, a number of Iranian students belonging to a group called Student Followers of Imam Line attacked the US Embassy in Tehran, holding 66 US diplomats, making the case one of the major international crises. The hostages ended on January 20, 1981, with Iran and the United States accepting the Algerian agreement.

Construction of the US Embassy in Tehran

The main building remains architecturally intact, a short distance from the main but still close to the street, with a tall garden adjoining the building’s short walls. The two-story building in the middle of the embassy is the ambassador’s house. This house is now not using for political matters. Of course, the embassy building is also out of use and can only be visited in concert with the group.

Apart from the historical heritage, including art, culture, and architecture of ancient Iranian history – from the Achaemenid Empire and the Persian civilization to the era of Greek domination, the Sasanian Empire, and the spread of Islam, attention to contemporary Iranian history is also understand in detail today.

Now, the site transformed into a museum, and its doors open to foreign tourists to show proof of one of the events of contemporary Iranian history. Various documents related to secret audiences, espionage equipment, advanced US communications tools, secret chambers as well as records of special operations conducted by the US Armed Forces are exhibiting at the museum for release.

Inside the US Embassy Museum

Built-in 1948, the embassy’s architect was Idi van der Gerste, who also designed the US embassy in Ankara. The resemblance of the building plan to the American high school programs of the 1930s and 1940s. The way to the rise of its staff as Henderson. There are photos and slogans that have implications for the Iranian Revolution and American rejection. Today the building of the Iranian Student Mobilization Organization is located in a part of this site. However, the main building of a two-story museum for displaying telecommunications equipment, listening rooms, evidence of CIA intervention in Iran, and student seizure scenes.

Visiting Hours from the former US Embassy in Tehran

From 9 am to 12:30 pm and 14 am to 18:30 pm on Saturday to Thursday.

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