An Iranian holds a street sign bearing the name of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration against his execution by Saudi authorities
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Street names: How Iran honours its 'heroes'

Tehran's city council has renamed a street after the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was recently executed by Saudi Arabia, a majority-Sunni Muslim country.

A street in the north-eastern city of Mashhad has also been changed to honour the prominent cleric.

Since the 1979 revolution when the monarchy was toppled, renaming streets has become part of a long-standing tradition in the Islamic Republic.

BBC Monitoring looks at the prominent examples of Iranian streets that have been bestowed with honorific names in the country's capital.

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  • 08 Jan 2016
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