Borje Milad, Milad Tower, in Tehran had been on my list of places to visit for some time. At 435 meters high, it's the 6th tallest tower in the world, and can be seen from any point in Tehran. I personally use it as my pollution gauge: if I can see it, good. If not, it's quite worrisome.
|Comparison of the world's tallest towers|
I usually spend little time in Tehran and go to more historic places while I'm there. On this past trip, I decided I wasn't leaving Iran until I finally visited this place. I ended up going the afternoon before my flight, and I'm so glad I did. Borje Milad has been built on a bit of a hill, and once you get up there, it almost feels like its own little town. There's a food court, a movie theater, expositions, a conference center, stores, a revolving restaurant, art gallery, and antique coin collection. Ticket prices vary depending on how much of the tower you want to see.
|In front of the elevator|
|Line for the elevator|
The first stop was the observation deck. Tehran is tricky. When the weather is clear, you can see from one side to the other, and it's absolutely beautiful. On a cloudy or polluted day, though, it's not quite as thrilling. I would suggest checking the weather before visiting and just hope that you get lucky. I'd love to go back on a nicer day.
Then there was a floor with wax figures of some of the most prominent figures in Iranian culture. My half Neyshaburi self had to take the obligatory photo with the great painter Kamal ol-Molk, and I was more than thrilled to stand next to the legendary wrestler Takhti.
|Sohrab Sepehri, poet and painter|
One of the floors that I enjoyed the most had local artists selling their products. I was especially taken with the work of a sweet young lady who was painting poems on scarves. I finally settled on the black one with a poem and paintings of sarv, cypresses, to remind me of my beloved Yazd.
A trip to the next floor has some historic information and a coin collection. And finally, the skydome with its abstract art in blue and a view of the antenna.
More details on the shops in Milad Tower next. Stay tuned!