Milad Tower (Borj-e Milad)

sights / Architecture

Milad Tower (Borj-e Milad) information

Tehran , Iran
Address
Street www.tehranmiladtower.ir
Telephone
+98 21 1094 8436
Prices
admission from US$8
Opening hours
9am-9pm, last entry 8pm
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Lonely Planet review

Totally dominating the low-rise skyline of Tehran’s western suburbs, Milad Tower finally opened in 2008 after 13 on-again-off-again years of construction. Standing 435m high, including 120m of antenna, in 2012 it was the world’s sixth-tallest freestanding tower. The tower bears a striking resemblance to Toronto’s CN Tower, with the octagonal concrete shaft tapering slightly up to a pod with 12 floors. The pod is home to an observation deck, a revolving restaurant, a ‘sky dome’ and various TV, radio and traffic control functions. Authorities insist the tower is built to withstand a large earthquake. For us, whether you come to the tower or not depends largely on the weather; on a rare clear day the views are worth it, but otherwise probably not. You need a taxi to get here.