From a vibrant, cultured and beautiful country, to a restricting and oppressive rule, Iran’s drastic changes make it hard to believe it was once a paradise. The people who visited Iran before the revolution may have thought the country was headed in a western direction. However, within a short period of time, it all changed for the worse.
Before the Islamic revolution of 1979, Iran looked a whole lot different than it does today. It was run by the Shah whose dictatorship-styled ruling restricted political freedoms but at the same time encouraged Iranians to take on a bit of secular modernization. So there was room for a bit of cultural influence. Today the country and the people are completely unrecognizable.