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Milad Tower

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Milad Tower

  • Names and titles: Milad Telecommunications and Television Tower, Milad Tower
  • Built: four years ago
  • Architect: ?
  • Architecture information: The main building of Milad Tower is 435 meters, which is the world’s fourth tallest telecommunications and television tower. This tower consists of five parts: the foundation, the lobby, the shaft, the top structure, and the telecommunications and television antenna. The shaft is 315 meters high; it is a concrete structure with six elevators at three of its sides. These elevators, at the speed of seven meters per second, take people to the top in just 50 seconds. Fire stairs are also put up on the fourth side. The tower weighs about 150, 000 tons, and the biggest diameter of the structure is 60 meters at the grade of 280 meters. Around 63,000 cubic meters of concrete and 17,000 square meters of glass are used in this tower.
  • Location: near Hemat, Shikh Fazlolah Noori, Hakim, and Chamran highways, in district two of Tehran megacity
  • Organization: a fairly independent company under Tehran Municipality
  • Main activities: This tower serves different functions such as tourism purposes, ease and expansion of wireless connections in Tehran, improvement and expansion of radio and TV, creating infrastructures of digital TVs, meteorology, and traffic controlling. There are 83 shops on the first three floors, and on top floors, there exist an international restaurant, a cafeteria, and a 200-square-meter exhibition. The first two floors under the ground have the offices, installations, and the data center in them.

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Описание для места - Tehran

Overview and History

Tehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.

Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.

But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.

In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.

The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.

The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."

Getting There

Mehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.

Transportation

Tehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.

The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.

Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.

People and Culture

More than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.

Things to do, Recommendations

Take the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.

If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.

Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.

Tehran is also full of museums such as:

the Contemporary Art Museum

the Abghine Musuem (glass works)

the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museum

the museum of carpets (!!!)

Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniatures

and most stunning of all,

the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.

Text by Steve Smith.

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