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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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  • Nice to this historic place of close up. There is now a kind of museum in that place, with a lot of anti-Western messages.
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  • ok, SO, THE GUY TAKING THE TICKETS also cuts the hedge along the entrance.......and the weirdness carries on from there. A delightfully young lady met us on the first floor and said she does free guid...  more »
  • Super interesting. Beware of opening hours, because you can actually ENTER the building. Everything is preserved and there is a great guide (MA in Philosophy even) with great English to explain everyt...  more »

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