Shahyad in my heart!


by Kamangir

Chances are many Tehran residents have gotten used to it, I mean that's understandable, just as it's become somehow normal for the citizens of Paris, seeing the Eifel tower, or for the Romans the Colliseum. However, there's something about the Shahyad tower that sets it apart from other symbolic constructions around the world. The Eifel tower, is unique in its shape and size and the material used to bulid it, it's definitely a masterpiece. The Roman colliseum is old, really old, a memory of those grandiose days of Rome and the Roman empire. Shahyad tower is neither that old nor that unique in size. The fact it was build close to Mehrabad airport, limited its height, but the then 24 years old designer, Mr.Amanatt and his team were able to build what by all means represents the Persian and Iranian style in architecture, a mix of the Sassanid arch design that once characterized the famous Tisphoon palace (taghe kasra) as well as other unique Iranian architectural shapes and colors.

I remember, when I was a kid I used to ask my dad, what's up there? Can we go up there? How do they go inside the tower? I always wanted to go inside the tower but it never happened. There's something about the shape and color and the overall design of the tower that makes it beautiful to any eyes, no matter how long you spend looking at it. On my part, I couldn't say the same thing about some other famous buildings around Tehran or some very famous ones around the world including the CN, Eifel and the Milad tower itself in tehran. They say that the Milad tower will eventually replace the Shahyad as the symbol of Tehran, well, I seriously doubt it. Shahyad was build with love and deep understanding of the ancient unique Persian architecture, both before and after Islam. Its designer Mr. Amanatt describes the essence of this tower in his interview with BBC Persian:


Now, the tower has not been taken care of for the last 30 years, despite the fact it's the symbol of our capital city, but what can we possibly expect from a regime that literally destroyes 2000 years old national monuments. Hope the beautiful Shahyad survives this very long earthquake that is collapsing the very foundations of our Iranian essence.


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by Lewis (not verified) on

As a resident of Tehran from the beginning of 1975 until mid-1979, I have fond memories of the Shahyad Monument. I was in the fire protection business and had the pleasure to work with the architect, Mr. Amanat, on a number of occasions to design systems to protect the museum beneath the monument. It is my understanding that this museum was looted by some of the mis-guided revolutionaries. It contained priceless treasures of the Persian Empire, many fashioned in gold and other precious materials.

It would be a pleasure to meet Mr. Amanat once again after 30 years! He was a fine gentleman with a wonderful gift for architecture. I will be in Vancouver this coming May and will attempt to make contact with him


Tehran's logo

by Anonymouse on

Note to Hajiagha.  The building's architect lives in Vancouver!


For whatever reason, maybe because I thought a bigger building would be better, or maybe because that was the only logo symbolizing Tehran and I wanted more, I used to wish another building would symbolize Tehran and Iran.  Once they built the Milad tower, even though it is much larger and an interesting building of it's own, I appreciated and understood why Shahyad (or Freedom) tower should symbolize Tehran.  In it's short life it has witnessed so much history, stood tall and continues to stand tall and tell a story.


I can see this building being Tehran's logo for ever.  Although I can tell you the young generatio in Iran is at time more fond of the Milad Tower so this may be a generational thing.


Ohhhhh the memory lane

by jonbe shai (not verified) on

I am glad that you call it by its original name,thanks for taking me to the memory lane, it is so beautiful, every time I go to Iran when I first see Shayad I know I am home. But credit should be given where it deserves, I saw it 6 months ago it seemed it was taken care of pretty well. I went inside it was very clean and I did not see visible damage or deterioration of any kind. When you are there it is much bigger and grandeur than it seems.



by Anonym1 (not verified) on

It will always be "Shah-yaad" after the one who ordered its construction.