|Length||17.9 km (11.1 mi)|
Valiasr Street (Persian: خیابان ولیعصر) is a tree-lined street in Tehran, Iran, dividing the metropolis into western and eastern parts. It is considered one of Tehran's main thoroughfares and commercial centres. It is also the longest street in the Middle East, and was reported as one of the longest in the world by former BBC (now Al Jazeera) journalist Rageh Omaar during the television documentary Welcome to Tehran.
The street was built by Reza Shah Pahlavi's order and called the Pahlavi Street. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution the street's name was changed initially to Mossadeq Street (in reference to former nationalist prime minister Mohammad Mossadeq) and later to Valiasr (a reference to the 12th Shi'ite Imam). Valiasr Street is the hub of different activities in Tehran and innumerable shops and restaurants as well a large number of parks (like Mellat Park), highways, cultural centers are situated along this long avenue.
Valiasr Avenue is the main Shopping street in Tehran and whole Iran. Many foreign chain stores have branches on this street like Benetton Group (3 stores), Reebok, Adidas, etc. Many important shopping centers of Tehran are located on the Valiasr street like the Tandis Center (located at northest[clarification needed] point of the street at Tajrish Sq.), the Safavieh Mall, the Eskan Shopping center and many more. Many luxury jewellery and accessories stores like Rolex, Tag Heuer, etc. are located on this street. Furthermore hundreds of other local stores are located at Valiasr.
- Many Restaurants and hotels are located and distributed on this street.
- Tehran City Theatre
- Mellat Park and Saéi Park (Two of Tehran´s most visited Parks)
- Many Cinemas
Valiasr runs from the Tehran's railway station (1117 meters elevation above sea level) in the south of the city
to the Tajrish square (1612 meters elevation above sea level) in the north.
Valiasr runs for 12 miles (19.3 kilometers), north to south, and is filled with traffic at all hours, even until the early hours of the morning. The shops stay open late and the kiosks sell fresh fruit juice, coffee and newspapers.
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