The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Portuguese archaeologist Alvaro Figarova says that Iranian museums are beautiful and full of unique artifacts but do not present the required information to visitors, the Persian service of CHN reported on Saturday.
who came to Iran last week with a delegation of seventy Portuguese museum
curators and archaeologists, visited several of the country’s historical
monuments and museums.
his visit to Isfahan, he said that he liked the exhibits of the Abgineh Museum
in Tehran and called the museum comprehensive. He also found the Nâyin Museum
in Kashan and the Persepolis Museum in Fars Province interesting.
noted that one can not get a complete picture of Iran’s museums by only
visiting a few of them.
all the museums have one point in common, and that is the fact that even the
least information is not given to the visitors of these museums. Although I am a
foreign tourist, I think even if I was an Iranian visitor, I would not have
learned much from the museums,” he added.
stated that the guidebooks given to visitors are the keys to international
museums, adding that one can visit a standard museum without a guide.
visitor who enters museums and historical monuments in Iran does not know where
to begin and where to end. There is no entrance and no exit way arranged, and if
there is no guide, the visitor will definitely lose his/her way.
seems that the visitor is given second priority in Iranian museums. There are
rare and precious artifacts in Iran, but there is no specific program to present
them. It seems that the visitors have been forgotten in Iran’s museums and
monuments,” he said.
has been an active archaeologist for 17 years, focusing on the civilizations of
Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Phoenicia. He can also speak French, English, and
Arabic, and has begun learning Persian.
is the first time I am visiting Iran. Of course, this trip did not add more to
my previous knowledge of the history of Iran, but it confirmed my previous
knowledge,” he explained.
went on to say that the “7000 Years of Persian Art” exposition, which was
held in Portugal in spring 2005, was one of the inspirations for the Portuguese
experts’ visit to Iran.
said that he is fascinated by Eastern mysticism and literature and that the best
moment of his trip was his visit to the Hafezieh in Shiraz.
atmosphere of the place filled my eyes with tears. Iranians’ relationship with
poets is very interesting for me,” he said in conclusion.
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