Salam Saleh – An unquestionable stop for tourists in Iran would be the Milad Tower, also known in Persian as ‘Borj-e Milad’. Built in 2007 and standing at 435 m (1,427 ft) high from the base to the tip of the antenna, it is the tallest structure in Iran and sixth tallest in the world. Easy to spot from almost anywhere in Tehran, what most people come to do in this tower, is lean over the very top and get the thrill of a lifetime.
The sun was slowly setting when my group and I arrived to the lobby of the Milad Tower. Walking through was reminiscent of any fine five star hotel, it was adorned with an array of fountains and structures. Essentially used as a telecommunications center, the tower also offers fine dining and conference halls, all of which are very nice, but my adrenaline was kicking in and it wasn’t because of the smells that were coming out of the restaurants.
The anticipation of vertigo and Tehran’s sparkling city lights was on my mind. As my group and I impatiently sat through an informational slideshow presented by one of the many eloquent and sharply dressed tour ladies, we were on our way. Finally in an elevator and at 7 meters per second, we were set to reach the top.
Chilly air welcomed us as we walked out onto the observation deck. It was nothing short of exhilarating and I couldn’t get to the edge quick enough. Incandescent lights were coming from every angle, from homes, cars, buildings, highways and shops. This was Tehran and all its refinement, a capitol to be reckoned with. After taking it all in and the initial shock and awe settled down, I took a stroll around the deck with one of the many tour ladies. As usual in Iran, I felt very welcomed and at home. I was always making a friend in this hospitable country, even 315 meters in the sky. Experiences like this are not only adventurous, but humbling.
They remind us how small we really are.