Nelson Mandela Boulevard (Jordan Street) Tehran
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 the Iranian Revolution in 1979 it was called Jordan street, named after the American presbyterian missionary Samuel M. 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.
بلوار نلسون ماندلا
|Length||5.5 km (3.4 mi)|
|North end||Modares Expressway|
|South end||Arjantin Square|
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.
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.
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.
|From North to South|
|Shahid Haghani Expressway|
|Beyhaghi Parking Bus Terminal (Arjantin)|
| Beyhaghi Street|
Shahid Ahmad Qasir Street
|From South to North|