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Niavaran (Persian: نياوران) is a district in the north of Tehran's foothills. Bordering leafy, uphill-winding Darband Street, it can be reached from Tajrish Square, and is close to Darabad at the far north-eastern corner of Greater Tehran.
It is home to the affluent as well as many artists, and replete with cultural riches such as Niavaran Palace Complex, Niavaran Park, and the Farhangsara (cultural centre) that includes an amphitheatre, museum, music hall, and Café Gallerie, a courtyard coffee shop with indoor exhibition space.
In recent years,[when?] the Niavaran area has become famous by groups of artists who use the traditional backdrop of the area for taking photos on their mobile phones. It has been extensively photographed by many artists using the Instagram software, which is one of the only social networking applications available in Iran.
The architecture is unique in that the area's graded slopes have given rise to multilevel layouts and idiosyncratic lofts. Being situated on the city foothills (1700 metres above sea level), Niavaran has a cooler climate all year round compared to the rest of Tehran, and excellent vantage points.
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