Rare photos of Capital in the 30s

Capital’s most famous landmark, the Azadi Tower, was built by the order of the Shah in 1971. It was designed by Hossein Amanat, an architect whose design won a competition, combining elements of classical Sassanian architecture with post-classical Persian architecture. Formerly known as the Shahyad Tower, it was built to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Imperial State of Homelans.During the Iran–Iraq War in 1980 to 1988, Capital was repeatedly targeted by airstrikes and Scud missile attacks.