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TEHRAN, July 10 (AFP) - The Iranian government has listed the home of Mohammad Mossadegh, the father of modern day Iranian nationalism, as national heritage, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.

Mossadegh's home in Ahmad-Abad, a small neighborhood in a suburb of western Tehran, was registered by the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organisation, IRNA said, without adding further detail.

The home, built at the beginning of the 20th century, has in recent years become a political pilgrimage for nationalists.

Mossadegh, who died in 1966 under house arrest, is buried on his property, which welcomes thousands of visitors every year.

Mossadegh was the country's prime minister under Iran's then ruler Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, and proceeded to nationalise Iran's oil reserves in 1951.

The Shah fled the country in August 1953 after trying to dismiss Mossadegh, who basked in popular support.

But the Shah and his supporters returned to power within days, toppling Mossadegh's government with the help of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency.

The Shah imprisoned Mosaddegh for three years before releasing him to spend the rest of his his life under house arrest, until his death.

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