If you’ve watched the Hollywood movie Argo, you know why the former American Embassy is a place to visit in Tehran.
If you haven’t, here’s the deal: on November 4, 1979, the US Embassy was seized by a mob of Iranian students. One thing led to another and bam, 90 people were taken hostage for 444 days inside the embassy. For Iran, the crisis had big consequences. Imam Khomeini became Supreme Leader shortly after and, well, the rest is history. International sanctions, the Iranian government retaliating by blocking Western websites, and all that. You know the story.
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So why is visiting the embassy one of the best things to do in Tehran, 40 years after it was ransacked?
Because of the graffiti, my friend! Walk along the walls and you’ll see some wildly offensive, government-funded anti-America and anti-Israel graffiti. On a good day, the guard might even let you have a peek inside the embassy itself. But be warned: there are no official opening hours and photo permits are given according to star alignments.