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Vault of the National museum of Iran (Museum of Ancient Iran) with the old lamp and the marble disc with a poem of the great Persian poet, Ferdosi which says "The wise is the able" (Tavaana bovad har ke daanaa bovad), Tehran.

The National Museum of Iran is the main archeological and historical museum of Iran. It preserves ancient Persian antiquities including pottery vessels, gold and silver rhytons, bornze objects of Lorestan, books, coins etc. It was inaugurated in 1937 by the order of Shah Reza Pahlavi.

Museum of Ancient Iranis built by the famous French architect, Andre Goddard, in the style of Sassanid Palaces and resembles the Kasra Palace in Ctesiphon.The facade is made of red bricks and has a large amazing Sassanid vault as the main enterance. The museum has two floors which the second floor is now dedicated to temporary exhibitions and permanent objects are shown in the first floor. The first floor consists of three halls that exhibit artifacts from lower, middle, and upper paleolithic, as well as neolithic, chalcolithic, early and late Bronze Ages, Iron Ages I-III, through the Median, Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, and Sassanid ages.

The oldest artifacts, in the museum are from Kashafrud and Ganj Par sites that date back to Lower Paleolithic. Mousterian Stone tools made by Neanderthal man also are shown in the first hall.There are also 9000 year old human and animal figurines from Teppe Sarab in Kermanshah Province among the many other ancient artifacts. The Elamite and prehistoric collection is located in the first hall with so many decorated bowls, vessels and vases from the 4th Millennium BC.

طاق ورودي موزه ايران باستان، تهران

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