Dar ul-Funun


Established in 1851, this was Iran's first modern university and parts of it have recently been handsomely restored with the aim of making it into a museum on education. The courtyard houses a peaceful garden designed in the shape of the Union Jack flag with the surrounding walls featuring snippets of Persian poetry inscribed on decorative tiles.

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