The Tehran Municipality has demolished the dome in the city's central square on Tuesday due to criticism that the monument featured Stars of David, which are associated with Judaism.
The Iranian news agency Fars reported that "part of the dome in Revolution Square, which resembles the symbol of the Zionist regime, has been destroyed by municipality workers."
According to the report, the ornamental tiling that adorned the dome has been removed, leaving it bare. It is unclear whether the dome is to be overlaid again with more appropriately-themed tiling.
The demolished dome
Fars said that the measure was taken due to mounting disapproval of the dome's appearance. A different Iranian website reported that worshipers from a central mosque held a protest march a few days ago, urging the municipality to remove the Jewish symbols.
The dome was constructed last year, replacing a memorial for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. An Iranian website highlighted the offending shape over a year ago, calling it "an evil symbol placed in the strategic heart" of the capital.
A few months later, a Star of David
was discovered on a roof at Tehran's airport. The symbol, a throwback to a time when Israel
and Iran had close ties, was reported to have been emblazoned by the Israeli engineers who built the building in 1979. It was exposed through satellite images taken by Google Earth.