Tehran from above II

Tehran, Iran


Tehran (Persian: تهران Tehrān, pronounced [tʰehˈɾɒn]) is the capital and largest city of Iran, and the administrative center of Tehran Province. Tehran is a sprawling city at the foot of the Tochal mountain range with an immense network of highways unparalleled in Western Asia. The city is famous for its numerous resorts on the Alborz slopes, large museums, art centers, and palace complexes.


Tehran is the largest city in the Middle East and is the 16th most populated city in the world with a population of around 7 million people. Most Iranian industries are headquartered in Tehran, including the manufacturing of automobiles, electrical equipment, military weaponry, textiles, sugar, cement, and chemical products. Tehran is also a leading center for the sale of carpets and furniture. There is an oil refinery located south of the city.


In the 20th century, Tehran faced a large migration of people from all around Iran. Today, the city contains various religious minorities, and has many historic mosques, churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian fire temples. Contemporary Tehran is a modern and expensive city featuring many tall structures, of which the Azadi Tower and the Milad Tower have come to be symbols of Tehran itself.



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Taken on December 4, 2009