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Abandoned Mansion Tehran Iran | by Armin Hage
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Abandoned Mansion Tehran Iran

Tehran started from present day south and central neighborhoods. Not more than half a century ago, central tehran was considered uptown with so many aristocratic properties and mansions centered around the Bazaar district, Golestan Palace complex and parliament however in years leading to the revolution, city grew in all directions and northern villages which were once far away from city center became parts of the growing city. Northern parts of the city are much cooler in summer due to higher altitude so the elite class gradually moved to the northern parts to benefit from the better weather and central residential neighborhoods were overtaken with commercial establishments as the grand bazaar also grew to accommodate for the ever growing population of the city. Despite this fact, mansions in such neighborhoods more or less remained occupied by owners who were now dividing their time between houses, After the revolution, most of such mansions were confiscated by the new revolutionary government and owners, if lucky, fled the country. Some of the confiscated buildings were put to government use while some others remained empty to deteriorate. around mid 1990s, roughly 2 decades after the revolution, government agreed to return some confiscated properties to owners who their affiliation with the fallen monarchy was not established however, some owners never returned due to various reasons and as a result, some buildings from the old Tehran remained standing today although abandoned and in very bad shape.

 

The property shown in the photo is at the heart of Tehran's commercial district and it's land estimated to worth millions of dollars. Many developers have eyes on such virgin properties to demolish the old structures and erect multi-story shopping centers.

 

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Taken on July 15, 2008