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'

Iranian authorities have renamed a street after the recently executed Sheikh Nimr, continuing a long-standing tradition in the country

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.

Produced by Parham Pourparsa and Alexi Peristianis

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