Milad Tower

There are numerous historical sites that make visiting Iran a rich and unforgettable journey. But there are also contemporary places allowing the modern traveler to gain a much more gratifying experience; for Iranian culture, is not just a heritage of the past, Its an ever-living and thriving one. Although a brief glimpse over the capital city of Tehran from the sky could provide the watchful eye a glance over this lively civilization, It can hardly compare to the majestic scenery that can be viewed from atop of the tallest tower of Tehran: Milad Tower.

Milad Tower

Milad Tower standing tall above the traffic at sunset

With a staggering height of 435 meters (1427 ft.), this tower serves as a tourism attraction site but is also a part of the International Trade and Convention Center of Tehran, which includes a five-star hotel, a convention center, a world trade center, and an IT park.

 

​History of Milad Tower

Milad Tower is assumed to be a part of the Shahestan Pahlavi project. A vast development project for a modern governmental and commercial center in the capital city. Although the construction was inaugurated by the Shah of Iran on August 19, 1975, burying a commemorative gold plaque, the actual construction of the tower began long after the 1979 revolution in the 100th birthday of Ayatollah Khomeini. Therefore it was named “Milad” which means “birth” in Farsi.

Designed by Dr. Mohammad Reza Hafezi, a renowned professor of the Shahid Beheshti University of Fine Arts, Milad Tower demonstrates the resolve of the post-revolutionary government of Iran in creating a new symbol for Tehran. In other words, a symbol attesting to the superiority of the modern Iranians and their authorities in comparison with the Azadi Tower that symbolized the old Pahlavi’s reign.

 

A Multipurpose Tower

Ranked as the 6th tallest tower in the world, the main purpose of Milad Tower is to provide a large portion of Tehran with Telecommunication coverage. It contains a large computer and telecommunication unit, specialized library, and related science department. But the enormous structure has much more to offer to none technical visitors. 11 food courts, a showroom for product exhibition, two separate observation platforms, a magnificent sky dome, a Museum, a restaurant, a VIP restaurant, and a café are all located in various parts of this gigantic tower. Providing a brief description of some of these parts won’t do justice about this grand tower; however, a detailed review of all these facilities would be far beyond the scope of this text.

Milad Tower Parts

Depiction of Various Parts of Milad Tower

 

 

​Milad Tower Sky Dome

Located 302 meters above ground, Sky Dome is the topmost floor of the tower. It provides the visitor with a breathtaking 360-degree view over Tehran city, Alborz mountains, and the endless sky above. The murals of the internal section are designed by Reza Yahyaii. They depict the history of Iranian civilization in a way that is as eye-catching for the keen-eyed visitors as much as the scenery. Sky Dome also contains the 12 Flags of 12 Shia Imams, adding a religious significance to the heavenly scene.

Milad Tower Sky Dome

Inside Milad Tower Sky Dome


​Milad Tower Open Observation Platform

This platform consists of a cafeteria and a balcony at 280 meters overlooking the city. Binoculars are placed on the balcony to have a more detailed glance over the entire scene. The cafeteria itself contains a variety of displays, exhibiting Iranian music instruments, models of famous world telecommunication towers, and in addition pictures of old Tehran.

Milad Tower Cafeteria

Musicians playing Iranian instruments inside the cafeteria

Milad Tower Revolving Restaurant

Revolving a complete 360-degree turn in every hour, dining 276 meters above the ground is perhaps one of the most luxurious and enjoyable feats of visiting Milad Tower. Serving both Iranian and international foods and delicacies, allows you to relish your meal and watch over the city while the painting on the internal body recounts you a story from Ferdosi’s Shahname in silence.

Inside Milad Tower Revolving Restaurant

Tables at Revolving Restaurant overlooking Tehran at night

Café Viona

Nothing is more refreshing than having a nice cup of coffee along with pastry or sweets of your choice. Especially when sitting 266 meters above ground and city lights glistening beneath your feet. Its significance is most appreciated by those visitors who understand the joy of having a good cup of coffee when looking beyond the skyline.

Milad Tower Café Viona

Inside view of Café Viona at early evening

 

​Milad Tower Food Court

The Food Court of Milad Tower is located on the 4th floor. While the height element sounds somewhat lacking, yet a variety of Iranian and Intentional dishes, fast foods and live music might prove even more enjoyable for visitors who prefer a more popular, more down-to-earth environment!

Milad Tower Food Court

Inside view of Milad Tower Food Court

Museum of Celebrities

Essentially an Art Gallery 271 meters above the ground. Along with several calligraphy frames and artwork, this museum houses silicon sculptures of historic Iranian celebrities created by Dr. Alireza Khaghani. This allows visitors to have a snapshot of themselves among Persian stars, figurative and literal!

Museum of Celebrities

Calligraphies put on displayed at Museum of Celebrities

Municipal Museum

Putting on display a treasure of gifts and endowments to Tehran municipality, this museum is most famous not just for its location, 261 meters above ground, but for two geographic globes acquired from George Pompidou Center, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. These globes are of significant importance due to the delineation of the Persian Gulf, the rightful name of the water body contested by Iran neighbors.

Municipal Museum

Closed exhibition stands at Municipal Museum

 

Beyond Communication Tower, Beyond Tourism Attraction Site

Housing several conference rooms, funfair, cinema, exhibition halls, a telecast studio, Milad tower is an important part of the city. But not only for the elite but also for all middle-class citizens of Tehran. A place of gathering for both business and family life; for young and old and for all those who would like to experience such communion first hand. Therefore it is one of the few venues where modern life in Tehran can be comprehensively experienced. A place for festivities, multinational business, and political conferences.  And above all else, a place for clean simple fun in heart of a city with a population of over 12 million people.

Milad Tower

There are numerous historical sites that make visiting Iran a rich and unforgettable journey. But there are also contemporary places allowing the modern traveler to gain a much more gratifying experience; for Iranian culture, is not just a heritage of the past, Its an ever-living and thriving one. Although a brief glimpse over the capital city of Tehran from the sky could provide the watchful eye a glance over this lively civilization, It can hardly compare to the majestic scenery that can be viewed from atop of the tallest tower of Tehran: Milad Tower.

Milad Tower

Milad Tower standing tall above the traffic at sunset

With a staggering height of 435 meters (1427 ft.), this tower serves as a tourism attraction site but is also a part of the International Trade and Convention Center of Tehran, which includes a five-star hotel, a convention center, a world trade center, and an IT park.

 

​History of Milad Tower

Milad Tower is assumed to be a part of the Shahestan Pahlavi project. A vast development project for a modern governmental and commercial center in the capital city. Although the construction was inaugurated by the Shah of Iran on August 19, 1975, burying a commemorative gold plaque, the actual construction of the tower began long after the 1979 revolution in the 100th birthday of Ayatollah Khomeini. Therefore it was named “Milad” which means “birth” in Farsi.

Designed by Dr. Mohammad Reza Hafezi, a renowned professor of the Shahid Beheshti University of Fine Arts, Milad Tower demonstrates the resolve of the post-revolutionary government of Iran in creating a new symbol for Tehran. In other words, a symbol attesting to the superiority of the modern Iranians and their authorities in comparison with the Azadi Tower that symbolized the old Pahlavi’s reign.

 

A Multipurpose Tower

Ranked as the 6th tallest tower in the world, the main purpose of Milad Tower is to provide a large portion of Tehran with Telecommunication coverage. It contains a large computer and telecommunication unit, specialized library, and related science department. But the enormous structure has much more to offer to none technical visitors. 11 food courts, a showroom for product exhibition, two separate observation platforms, a magnificent sky dome, a Museum, a restaurant, a VIP restaurant, and a café are all located in various parts of this gigantic tower. Providing a brief description of some of these parts won’t do justice about this grand tower; however, a detailed review of all these facilities would be far beyond the scope of this text.

Milad Tower Parts

Depiction of Various Parts of Milad Tower

 

 

​Milad Tower Sky Dome

Located 302 meters above ground, Sky Dome is the topmost floor of the tower. It provides the visitor with a breathtaking 360-degree view over Tehran city, Alborz mountains, and the endless sky above. The murals of the internal section are designed by Reza Yahyaii. They depict the history of Iranian civilization in a way that is as eye-catching for the keen-eyed visitors as much as the scenery. Sky Dome also contains the 12 Flags of 12 Shia Imams, adding a religious significance to the heavenly scene.

Milad Tower Sky Dome

Inside Milad Tower Sky Dome


​Milad Tower Open Observation Platform

This platform consists of a cafeteria and a balcony at 280 meters overlooking the city. Binoculars are placed on the balcony to have a more detailed glance over the entire scene. The cafeteria itself contains a variety of displays, exhibiting Iranian music instruments, models of famous world telecommunication towers, and in addition pictures of old Tehran.

Milad Tower Cafeteria

Musicians playing Iranian instruments inside the cafeteria

Milad Tower Revolving Restaurant

Revolving a complete 360-degree turn in every hour, dining 276 meters above the ground is perhaps one of the most luxurious and enjoyable feats of visiting Milad Tower. Serving both Iranian and international foods and delicacies, allows you to relish your meal and watch over the city while the painting on the internal body recounts you a story from Ferdosi’s Shahname in silence.

Inside Milad Tower Revolving Restaurant

Tables at Revolving Restaurant overlooking Tehran at night

Café Viona

Nothing is more refreshing than having a nice cup of coffee along with pastry or sweets of your choice. Especially when sitting 266 meters above ground and city lights glistening beneath your feet. Its significance is most appreciated by those visitors who understand the joy of having a good cup of coffee when looking beyond the skyline.

Milad Tower Café Viona

Inside view of Café Viona at early evening

 

​Milad Tower Food Court

The Food Court of Milad Tower is located on the 4th floor. While the height element sounds somewhat lacking, yet a variety of Iranian and Intentional dishes, fast foods and live music might prove even more enjoyable for visitors who prefer a more popular, more down-to-earth environment!

Milad Tower Food Court

Inside view of Milad Tower Food Court

Museum of Celebrities

Essentially an Art Gallery 271 meters above the ground. Along with several calligraphy frames and artwork, this museum houses silicon sculptures of historic Iranian celebrities created by Dr. Alireza Khaghani. This allows visitors to have a snapshot of themselves among Persian stars, figurative and literal!

Museum of Celebrities

Calligraphies put on displayed at Museum of Celebrities

Municipal Museum

Putting on display a treasure of gifts and endowments to Tehran municipality, this museum is most famous not just for its location, 261 meters above ground, but for two geographic globes acquired from George Pompidou Center, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. These globes are of significant importance due to the delineation of the Persian Gulf, the rightful name of the water body contested by Iran neighbors.

Municipal Museum

Closed exhibition stands at Municipal Museum

 

Beyond Communication Tower, Beyond Tourism Attraction Site

Housing several conference rooms, funfair, cinema, exhibition halls, a telecast studio, Milad tower is an important part of the city. But not only for the elite but also for all middle-class citizens of Tehran. A place of gathering for both business and family life; for young and old and for all those who would like to experience such communion first hand. Therefore it is one of the few venues where modern life in Tehran can be comprehensively experienced. A place for festivities, multinational business, and political conferences.  And above all else, a place for clean simple fun in heart of a city with a population of over 12 million people.

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