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US Den of Espionage, Tehran

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See where the Iranian hostage crisis took place during the 1979 Iranian Revolution at US Den of Espionage, today painted with colorful anti-American murals. Back then, a revolutionary guard took hold of the former embassy and used it as a training center. Today, the guard still looks after the building, which now houses a library and a museum--both closed to the public except on rare occasions. At the entrance, inspect the severely damaged but still-standing U.S. seal. The murals, funded by the Iranian government to suggest the political alliance between America and Israel, depict a grotesque skull-faced Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol topped by the Israeli flag. A visit to US Den of Espionage represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tehran itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • It is used o be the US embassy building before the siege, The walls are now have many interesting graffiti to look at. But what you see might no actually be the true feeling of Iranian. To understand,...  more »
  • Amazed to read here that this is now a museum - when we visited in October either it wasn't open yet or we/our guide didn't know about it. We walked along the wall with all the grafitti as it was arou...  more »
  • Graffiti wall from the outside is cool. Also the museum inside, it gives a good view on the work of CIA in Tehran. You can see all the machines they used, the most interesting are those to shred docum...  more »