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    Archeological findings revealed that settlements existed on Tehran’s territory more than 7,000 years ago.

    Above: Iranians gather outside Emamzadeh Saleh mosque in Tajrish square in northern Tehran on July 2, 2014, during the holy month of Ramadan.

    Sputnik continues its world cities' tour. After Pyongyang and Shanghai we invite you to the Iranian capital. The origin of Tehran’s name is debatable. One version states that that it is translated as “foot of slope,” as the city is located on the southern slope of Mount Tochal.  Another hypothesis suggests that the name denotes the dwelling of the god of rain in the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism.

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