Stars & Stripes Mural


Along with the street art on the walls of the US Den of Espionage, this several-decades-old mural has to be one of the most photographed pieces of public propaganda art in Tehran. A Stars & Stripes flag runs down the side of a building, the stars a set of skulls, the stripes turning into bombs, across it burned the legend 'Down with the USA'.

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1. Sarkis Cathedral

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This white, twin-spired church, a centre for Christianity in the Islamic Republic, sits at the southern edge of the city's Armenian quarter. Built between…

2. Iranian Artists' House

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A hub for the contemporary and traditional arts in Tehran, this complex has several gallery spaces over two levels exhibiting works in all media on a…

3. US Den of Espionage

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The former US embassy was the focal point of the 1979 revolution, when it was stormed by students who then held 52 diplomats hostage for 444 days. Today…

4. Park-e Laleh

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5. Tehran University


At the centre of political change in Iran, Tehran University is a fascinating place to wander around. There is, however, a ban on foreign nonstudents…

6. Treasury of National Jewels

1.53 MILES

Owned by the Central Bank and accessed through its front doors, the cavernous vault that houses what is commonly known as the ‘Jewels Museum’ is not to be…

7. Glass & Ceramics Museum

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8. Carpet Museum Of Iran

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