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Tehran, Iran
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    (800- )
    Founded as suburb to old Persian capital Rayy
    Capital of Persia (1788)
    Capital of Iran (1935)
    Name translates as 'warm place'
    Notable points of interest include Tehran Bazaar, Golestan Palace, Azadi Tower, Park-E Shar, the National Jewels Museum, the Alborz Mountains, Tochal Ski Resort, and the National Museum of Iran
    It is located in Iran.
    It is sometimes written as Teheran.
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a former mayor.
    Ayatollah Khomeini established an Islamic theocracy here after leading the overthrow of Shah Mohammed Pahlavi (1979).
    The U.S. Embassy in Tehran was seized and hostages were held for 444 days (1979-1980).
    Thousands of civilians were killed in attacks by Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War.
    It has notorious traffic congestion and air pollution problems.
    The heavy smog sometimes forces school closures and the issuing of city-wide health advisories.
    The night life is limited since most of the clubs and discos were shut down after the revolution.
    The city lies on three major fault lines, making it vulnerable to earthquakes.
    Settlements in the area have been found dating back to 6000 BCE.
    It was a refuge for Persians fleeing Mongol raids (1200s).
    More than half of Iran's industry is located here.
    It has over 800 city parks and a large number of restaurants, museums, and palaces.
    Over 45 major colleges and universities are located here.
    The first meeting between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin took place here (1943).
    The city is surrounded by lush valleys and mountains.
    Within several miles of the city is the Tochal Ski Report, which is the fifth highest ski resort in the world.

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