District 6, Cultural Hub of the Capital
District 6 of Tehran is one of the oldest districts of the city which is approximately located in the center of the town. This district occupies an area of equivalent to 2138.45 hectares, about 3.3% of the entire city. Latest statistics show that the district with a span of 20 square kilometers has a population of over 250 thousand people. Based on initial reports offered on different urban districts, this area has the largest number of libraries and research centers.
With regard to the geographical situation, District 6 is located in the central part of Tehran and is limited to District 3 in the north, to District 7 in the east, to Districts 10, 11 and 12 in the south, and to District 2 in the west. This district from the three directions of west, east and north is limited to three main highways of Chamran, Modarres and Hemmat and in the south to the largest east-west junction, namely Enqelab (Revolution) Avenue.
Among the most important features of District 6 mention can be made of its position in the central part of the city on the one hand and establishment of the most important administrative-services centers with trans-regional, urban and national functional scale.
Meanwhile, one of the oldest and largest north-south axes of Tehran, Vali-e Asr Avenue, passes through its gravity center. District 6 Municipality is composed of 6 areas and 18 neighborhoods, with a population of 65 thousand households. Important squares of Tehran, including Haft-e Tir, Vali-e Asr and Fatemi are located in this district.
Cultural and Social Characteristics
District 6, with 212 public, specialized and academic libraries, 10 galleries, 19 film production units, 115 bookstores, four theater halls, four museums and, 55% of research centers in Tehran is known as the cultural hub of the capital. Sarv, Shafaq, Resaneh, and Golha culture houses as well as participatory culture house of Yousefabad, Maah and, Arya neighborhood and Sarv Library … are among cultural centers of the district.
District 6 also houses to several important historical museums, including the Carpet Museum. Passengers touring Iran should not miss the opportunity to visit Golestan Carpet in this museum. About 135 masterpiece Persian carpets have been put on display in this museum.
House Museum of Dr. Ali Shariati, the renowned sociologist and thinker of the contemporary era is located in this district. Saei Park is among major parks in this location which enjoys a variety of facilities. House-Museum of Dr. Amir Esmail Sondoozi is another museum in this district. Shafaq Park, Laleh Park and House of Artists are among other parks in this district each of which are considered important recreational places in Tehran. Cafes such as Raeis, Diplomat, Shiraz, Prague, Papa, House of Artists, etc., are among noticeable cafes in Tehran where you could sit and chat for hours.
District 6 hosts the central part of the long Vali-e Asr Avenues. Vali-e Asr is an avenue, the longest avenue in the Middle East and having the largest number of plane trees, has been registered in the list of Iran’s cultural heritage.
District 6 is also host to Tehran University campus near Amirabad with its numerous colleges and student dormitories and is among the most important student centers in Iran. On the other hand, this district also houses Amir Kabir University which is one of the most important technical universities of Iran.
Enqelab (Revolution) Square in District 6 is one of the squares that has the highest number of bookstores. It has been one of the most important and instrumental squares in Iran and in the history of its movements.