Nelson Mandela Boulevard (Jordan Street) Tehran

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Nelson Mandela Boulevard
بلوار نلسون ماندلا
Route information
Length: 5.5 km (3.4 mi)
Major junctions
North end: Zeichen 102.svgExpressway in Iran.png Modares Expressway
South end: Square in Iran.png Arjantin Square
Highway system

Highways in Iran

Freeways
Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Tehran map (in black)

Nelson Mandela Boulevard (Persian: بلوار نلسون ماندلا‎‎) (old name: Jordan Street and Africa Boulevard) still known as Jordan is an affluent and upper-class district in northern Tehran, where a lot of people consider Jordan District as being very similar to Kensington District in London, UK as the area is a residential and commercial locale and is filled with the homes and businesses of many politicians, diplomats, expatriates, and artists. Before Iranian Revolution in 1979 it was named Jordan and used to be the most popular avenue in Tehran, Iran. Nelson Mandela Boulevard is the most famous street in Tehran after Valiasr Street which is the longest street in the Middle East, spanning a south-north axis. It is also famous for being one of the liveliest streets of Tehran, experiencing regular traffic jams even at 2:00A.M during Summer.

Location[edit]

Nelson Mandela Boulevard is the most famous street in Tehran after Valiasr Avenue which is the longest street in Middle East, spanning a south-north axis. It is also famous for being one of the liveliest streets of Tehran, experiencing regular traffic jams even at 2:00am during the Summer.

The tree-lined boulevard is connected to Valiasr Street (ex-"Pahlavi Avenue") via crossing streets branching from its west side while the east side leads to culs de sacs bordering Modares Expressway.

Characteristics[edit]

Although its reputation as being the most prestigious residential area is now overtaken by some areas further north like Zafaraniyeh, Elahiyeh, Fereshteh, and Niavaran, it is nevertheless still home to very expensive real estate and an essential playground for the rich, with many boutique shopping centers, chic cafes and restaurants, extravagant florists, art galleries, beauty salons, language schools, etc., the ultimate place to see and to be seen for fashionable Tehranis who have a desire to show off their possessions.

Rendezvous boys and girls, cruising the streets in cars during evening hours specially on Friday afternoons, used to be an indispensable part of Jordan's image and the car-flirting culture there had developed into an accomplished syllabus through 1990s and early 2000s. The sight for such encounters however has now changed to Andarzgou boulevard in Farmanieh.

The area, together with its neighboring Valiasr Ave, is suffering from severe traffic congestion due to rapid commercialization and lack of direct highway access.

It is also the home to the Italian, Polish, Bulgarian, Greek, Venezuelan, Sri Lankan, Mexican, Uruguayan, Kenyan, Brunei, Qatari, Kuwaiti, Omani and some other Arabs embassies as well as home of a lot of ambassador of countries and also many ministries are located there.

Name dispute[edit]

Since the boulevard was renamed after the Iranian Revolution to Africa, many locals and foreigners alike continue to refer to the area as Jordan. This is presumably due to the effect of the wealthy inhabitants refusing to accept the new government's name.

History[edit]

Mid part of Nelson Mandela Boulevard (Jordan) in 2007

The avenue was formerly named after Dr. Samuel Jordan, the founder and the head of the American College of Tehran (later Alborz High School) from the 1910s to 1941.

Pfeil unten.svg From North to South Pfeil unten.svg
Zeichen 102.svg Expressway in Iran.png Modares Expressway
AB-AS-grün.svg Avenue in Iran.jpg Mirdamad Boulevard
France road sign A17.svg Expressway in Iran.png Shahid Haghani Expressway
AB-Kreuz-grün.svg Expressway in Iran.png Hemmat Expressway
AB-Kreuz-grün.svg Expressway in Iran.png Resalat Expressway
Sweden road sign E22.svg Beyhaghi Parking Bus Terminal (Arjantin)
Square in Iran.png
Arjantin Square
Street in Iran.jpg Beyhaghi Street
Street in Iran.jpg Shahid Ahmad Qasir Street
Pfeil oben.svg From South to North Pfeil oben.svg

See also[edit]

Jordan, Tehran

External links[edit]