Photos by Erfan Khoshkhoo, ISNA
The initial studies for the Holy Defense Museum project in Tehran started in 2004. The first plan was approved after several meetings by the municipality director and head quarter of the armed forces of Islamic Republic of Iran in April 2005. A competition had been held in order to select the best possible design for the museum. 250 groups attended the competition among which 42 were ultimately allowed to submit their works to the secretariat. Then, the winners were granted their prized in a ceremony with the presence of the mayor of Tehran, the head of Islamic Council of Tehran, and the chief of the foundation for preserving the works and propagating the values of the holy defense.
The museum is dedicated to Iran's war with Iraq. The Iran-Iraq War was an armed conflict between the armed forces of Iraq and Iran, lasting from September 1980 to August 1988, making it the longest conventional war of the 20th century. The war began when Iraq invaded Iran, launching a simultaneous invasion by air and land into Iranian territory on 22 September 1980. Over a million Iranian and Iraqi soldiers and civilians died during the war, and each country suffered economic losses of more than US$500 billion.
Iran's biggest flag was raised over the museum last week.
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