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Achaemenid Exhibition to be held in Spain


News Category: Cultural

 20 December 2005



The British Museum exhibition of “Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia” will be transferred from the British Museum to Spain. Starting from mid-February, the Spain Museum will be the host of the Achaemenid ancient relics.

“Museum experts, who should be present at the time of packing and transferring the items, will fly to London in two weeks to prepare the articles to be transferred to Barcelona after the London exhibition closes its doors to the public on January 8th. Of course some time is needed to set the exhibition up and make it ready for a public opening, an event which will take place 50 days later in Spain,” said Mohammad Reza Kargar, director of Iran’s National Museum.

The exhibition was opened on 8th of September in the British Museum in London and  was widely welcomed by the people and received 90,000 visitors during the first 8 weeks of its establishment. Experts believe that more people will visit the museum during the last few weeks.

Achaemenid relics displayed in this exhibition are borrowed from the National Museum of Iran, Louver Museum of Paris, and the British Museum itself. 


Based on an agreement between Iran’s National Museum and the Britain Museum, some articles which are currently on display in London were lent to the British Museum by Iran in exchange of the famous Cyrus Cylinder and the Oxus Treasure which will stay in Iran for two years.

There were some concerns about the method of transferring of these articles, but after the case was studied Iran’s government announced its agreement for the transferring of these articles to Spain.

Experts believe that the exhibition of “Forgotten Empire: The world of Ancient Persia” is the biggest collection on the Achaemenid Empire displayed ever.

Alongside the exhibition they were also some seminars which were held about the economics, art, government, social issues, and women’s rights during the Achaemenid era with the attendance of experts.

Government, religion, the art and the dignity of the Achaemenid Empire are among the subjects displayed during this exhibition.





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